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Students in JOUR 460
Journalism News
In JOUR 460: Extended Realities and Immersive Technologies, a new journalism course that launched last fall, students learned how new technologies can help solve real-world problems, as well as entertain others. Besides gaining an understanding of the history and application of virtual reality,… Read More
Dawn Turner
College News
Dawn Turner (BS ’87, journalism) has covered presidential elections, reported from around the world, and helped select Pulitzer Prize winners. As impressive as her accomplishments are, Turner’s proudest moments are telling the stories of people who might go unnoticed. “I’ve met lots of people… Read More
Communications Library
College News
Tucked in the northwest corner of Gregory Hall, the Communications Library is not only a resource for thousands of students but a comfortable sanctuary. Over the years, the library has transformed to accommodate student needs, expanded its hours, and renovated its top floor.  Now, thanks to the… Read More
Journalism News
Stu Werner (BS '85, journalism) has joined the Multiplatform Desk at the Washington Post after 18 years at the Chicago Tribune.
Janette Bradley Wright
Advertising News
Janette Bradley Wright was recently recognized by campus for her 31 years of service, almost all of which has been with the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising. (Photo by Madeline Wilson, journalism student, Class of 2020.)   Congratulations to Janette Bradley Wright, administrative aide… Read More
Jane Pyo
ICR News
Congratulations to Jane Pyo, a doctoral student at the Institute of Communications Research, for winning a Dissertation Travel Grant from the University of Illinois Graduate College. She plans to travel to South Korea, her home country, and conduct interviews there.  Pyo's project, "The politics… Read More
Niani Scott
Journalism News
When Niani Scott, junior in journalism, saw some of her peers’ social media posts about the Forbes Under 30 Summit, the event piqued her interest: She’d have the opportunity to build upon her network, practice pitching skills, and learn from A-list guest speakers, such as professional athlete… Read More
Filmmaker Rita Coburn at Urbana High School
College News
Rita Coburn Whack, third from left, screened her film about Maya Angelou and discussed it with Urbana High School students. (Photo courtesy of the Alliance for Inclusion and Respect.)  In April, director Rita Coburn Whack spent an afternoon with Urbana High School students for a special screening… Read More
Punkin Chunkin
Journalism News
When Professor Charles “Stretch” Ledford first stumbled onto the idea, it seemed absurd: Punkin Chunkin.  “It was interesting to find a project that hit multiple areas,” Ledford said. “Agriculture, engineering, and economy—and sheer weirdness—were just perks.” He decided Punkin Chunkin would be… Read More
Tiffany Barnett White
Advertising News
Tiffany Barnett White (BS '92, MS '94, advertising), associate professor of business administration and Bruce and Anne Strohm Faculty Fellow at the Gies College of Business at Illinois, received the 2019 Williams-Qualls-Spratlen Multicultural Mentoring Award of Excellence. White is also an… Read More
Air book cover
Journalism News
Brian R. Bland (BS '63, journalism; MS '64, radio and TV) has been published in Air: A Radio Anthology, a collection of essays about the early days of radio. Bland's memoir recalls his first paid broadcast job at WLRW-FM in Champaign in 1963. Air was published in 2019 by the book division of… Read More
MACS class watching film
Media & Cinema Studies News
Assistant Professor Derek Long, who teaches a class on world cinema and another on media production, is currently working on a book about the development of film distribution in the 1910s-’20s.  Distribution is the “least studied, least understood aspect of the film industry, certainly of… Read More
Advertising students use BrandSort cards
Advertising News
Marisa Peacock, a new lecturer in the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising, has spent most of her professional career in social media marketing and content marketing. She began at a time when most organizations didn't consider websites essential to their marketing strategy. “They didn't… Read More
NAHJ and NABJ
College News
Incoming students learned about NAHJ and NABJ at Meet Media, the College of Media's welcome event. (Photo by Madeline Wilson, senior in journalism.)  College of Media students have formed two new chapters of national journalism organizations to support the paths of Asian American and Hispanic… Read More
Hiltzik brothers
Advertising News
Aron Hiltzik (BS '18, advertising) and his brother Jared (BS '16, LAS), who both played tennis at the University of Illinois, co-founded RecoveryForAthletes.com, which sells athletic recovery equipment such as Theragun percussion massagers, Game Ready cold and compression units, Marc Pro muscle… Read More
Chicago Reader
Journalism News
Charlie Meyerson's (BS '77, MS '78, journalism) less-than-three-years-old free email news briefing, "Chicago Public Square," was named Chicago's best blog in the Chicago Reader's Best of Chicago poll. More than 30,000 people voted in more than 300 categories of the poll. Winners will be honored at… Read More
Taylor Rooks
Journalism News
Illinois alumna Taylor Rooks is only five years out from graduation, but has already landed her own Bleacher Report web series, Take It There with Taylor Rooks. While at Illinois, Rooks covered nearly every football and basketball game. She came back to campus for Homecoming—but this time as a… Read More
Virginia Theatre
College News
Roger Ebert (BS '64, journalism) founded Ebertfest in 1999. (Photo by Thomson Reuters.)  Passes for the 22nd annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” will go on sale Friday, November 1. The festival passes cover all screenings during the festival, which will run April 15-18 at the… Read More
MACS students filming
College News
With the launch of the Media Innovation Fund this fall, five College of Media projects proposed by faculty members will be funded this academic year.  "We were very gratified by both the quantity and the quality of proposals received, and are excited to be able to fund a variety of efforts that… Read More
Baez
ICR News
Institute of Communications Research alumna Jillian Báez (PhD '09) won this year’s Bonnie Ritter Outstanding Feminist Book Award, Feminist and Women Studies Division, National Communication Association, for In Search of Belonging: Latinas, Media, and Citizenship. "From an incredibly rich field of… Read More