News

Tim Schwab
Journalism News
Updated June 23, 2021: Congratulations to Tim Schwab (MS '06, journalism) for winning the Deadline Club Award from the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists! Schwab also recently landed a book deal with Metropolitan Books (Henry Holt) to publish The Good Billionaire… Read More
Congrats
College News
Congratulations to all of the College of Media faculty and teaching assistants who were ranked as excellent by their students! This list is based on Instructor and Course Evaluation System (ICES) questionnaire forms completed by students during the Fall 2020 semester and Winter 2020-2021. Only… Read More
Ewa Maslowska
Advertising News
Ewa Maslowska, an assistant professor in the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising, was selected to receive the Provost’s Initiative on Teaching Advancement Grant. The grant enables recipients to design, implement, and assess instructional and pedagogical innovation that has a high… Read More
Tom Littlewood
Journalism News
Thomas Benjamin Littlewood, who served as head of the Department of Journalism from 1977 to 1987 and retired as professor emeritus in 1996, died on June 6. He was 92 years old. "He was a powerful leader for our department in the 1980s," recalled Professor Brian Johnson.  Littlewood had a high-… Read More
Steve Hall
Advertising News
Steve Hall, a senior lecturer in the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising, received the 2021 Barton A. Cummings Gold Medal Award with a unanimous vote from the American Advertising Federation.  The award recognizes distinguished individuals for their service to advertising through… Read More
Lynn Schreiber Price
Advertising News
Lynn Schreiber Price (BS '77, advertising) was recognized for her exceptional leadership, distinguished work, and a deep commitment to improving child welfare. She was named a 2021 Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America (REFCA) Champion. Price is the founder of Camp To Belong in Littleton,… Read More
Karen Hawkins
Journalism News
Karen Hawkins (BS '97, journalism) has won a 2021 Studs Terkel Community Media Award for her work as co-editor in chief of the Chicago Reader and founder of feminist media company Rebellious Magazine. The Studs Terkel Award is given by Public Narrative to Chicago reporters, editors, producers,… Read More
Ebertfest
College News
Passes for the 22nd annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” are now on sale. Festival passes cover all of the screenings during the festival, which runs September 8-11 at the Virginia Theatre, a restored downtown Champaign movie palace, with related talks and panel discussions at… Read More
Brant Houston
Journalism News
Brant Houston is the Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting in the Department of Journalism and co-founder of the Institute for Nonprofit News, which now includes more than 250 members. (Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.)  On May 21, Tribune Publishing Co. confirmed that its shareholders… Read More
Dempsey and Hettinger
Journalism News
Recently, journalism alumni Pam Dempsey (MS ’09) and Johnathan Hettinger (BS ’15) were highlighted in the Global Investigative Journalism Network as part of a feature on the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit newsroom focused on in-depth reporting of agricultural issues. … Read More
Student in high-tech experiential learning classroom
Advertising News
A new campus-funded initiative on strategic communication and emerging technology will connect advertising students, faculty, and brands, putting research into practice. The Hub for Brand Innovation and Advertising Technology is a partnership between the Charles H. Sandage Department of… Read More
Linda Goldstein
Advertising News
Linda Goldstein (BS '74, advertising), chair of Vistage, recently launched a new chief executive group in the St. Louis market. Vistage asked her to build a CEO Advisory Board just after COVID hit. "What better time than now to tap into the collective wisdom of a group of high-performing peers who… Read More
Spiro books
Advertising News
Ruth Spiro (BS '86, advertising) celebrates the publication of her 25th children's book. Her board book series, Baby Loves Science, is published by Charlesbridge and has sold more than 500,000 copies. Foreign translation rights have also been sold in 10 countries including Russia, China, Korea,… Read More
Mike Dizon
Journalism News
Mike Dizon (MS '98, journalism) has accepted a new role this year as vice president of marketing and communication and chief of staff at LPL Financial, a publicly traded financial services firm that serves 17,000 independent financial advisors nationwide. He previously served as the chief marketing… Read More
Eric Meyer
Journalism News
Eric Meyer, associate professor of journalism, received the first-ever graphic designer of the year award from the Kansas Press Association, in addition to winning 19 other awards. His weekly newspaper, Marion County Record in Marion, Kansas, won 29 awards total, competing against both daily and… Read More
Ann Abdelzahar
College News
When Ann Abdelzahar looked at the job requirements for the College of Media’s first-ever eLearning specialist, she knew she was a perfect fit.  Abdelzahar started in special education and earned her PhD in instructional technology. She then worked at Danville Area Community College as an online… Read More
Amanda Ciafone
Media & Cinema Studies News
The Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching recognizes sustained excellence and innovative approaches in undergraduate teaching and contributions beyond classroom instruction that have an overall positive impact on undergraduate student learning. Amanda Ciafone, associate professor of… Read More
Undergraduate Research Symposium
College News
Updated June 17, 2021: Congratulations to all of our student presenters! Five received awards at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, including advertising students Kenna Hansen (Outstanding), Evan Hawkins (Outstanding), Miriam Sadkhin (Honorable Mention), and Grace Tessitore (Outstanding); and… Read More
Ben Holden
Journalism News
An upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case will be a major test of the First Amendment rights of K-12 public school students as well as the authority of school administrators to discipline students for cyberbullying, according to Benjamin Holden, a teaching associate professor of journalism and media law… Read More
SistersInLaw podcast
Journalism News
Jill Wine-Banks (BS '64, journalism), author of The Watergate Girl, will see her memoir become a film. The book, which was released in trade paperback in March, was optioned for a film produced by and starring Katie Holmes. Wine-Banks, who won the 2019 Chicago Illini of the Year award, is the only… Read More