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Amanda Ciafone filming
Media & Cinema Studies News
From a corner table in the Coca-Cola-branded brick building of Flesor’s Candy Kitchen (est. 1901) in Tuscola, Illinois—with a nostalgic Coca-Cola straw canister positioned nearby—Amanda Ciafone, associate professor of media and cinema studies, shared stories about Coca-Cola’s origins with… Read More
Margaret Ng
Journalism News
Margaret Ng, assistant professor of journalism with an appointment in the Institute of Communications Research, has been selected for 2023-24 James W. Carey Faculty Fellowship. She was also recognized with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Emerging Scholar Grant.… Read More
Ben Behrman
Advertising News
Ben Behrman (BS ’09, advertising) was recently promoted to chief executive officer of Schafer Condon Carter, a major ad agency based in Chicago.  Behrman, a 14-year SCC veteran, joined the independent company as an intern in May 2009. He worked his way up from there, holding a variety of positions… Read More
Life-Altering book cover
Journalism News
Angie Leventis Lourgos (BS ’03, journalism) has published a new book, Life-Altering: Abortion Stories from the Midwest, with the University of Missouri Press. Based on pieces that originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune, each chapter imparts one person’s experience with abortion. By looking at… Read More
Jason P. Chambers book on Tom Burrell
Advertising News
Advertising Professor Jason P. Chambers’s new biography about Tom Burrell, a renowned Black visionary who changed the face of the ad industry for African Americans, will be published on February 6.  While Advertising Revolutionary: The Life and Work of Tom Burrell (University of Illinois Press)… Read More
Julie Turnock
Media & Cinema Studies News
Julie Turnock, professor of media and cinema studies, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for a book project titled Beyond King Kong: Special Effects in the Hollywood Studio Era, 1915–1965.  She will receive $60,000 in funding to research and write a book about the… Read More
AAF students
Advertising News
Updated 2/15/2024 Four seniors in the University of Illinois chapter of the American Advertising Federation were named to the American Advertising Federation’s Most Promising Multicultural Students Class of 2024—an honor given to only 50 students each year throughout the United States. Honorees… Read More
Ewa Maslowska
Advertising News
Ewa Maslowska, associate professor of advertising, was selected as a Center for Advanced Study Associate for the 2024-25 academic year, pending Board of Trustees approval.  As a CAS Associate, Maslowska will take time off from teaching in Fall 2024 to focus on her research of fake online reviews… Read More
Chang-Dae Ham
Advertising News
Chang-Dae Ham, associate professor of advertising with an appointment in the Institute of Communications Research, and associate head of graduate studies in the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising, was recently elected vice president of the American Academy of Advertising. His term for… Read More
Havas display
Advertising News
Geno Schellenberger (BS ’20, advertising), senior communications manager at Havas and graduate student in the strategic brand communication master’s degree program, is making a difference for unhoused individuals in Chicago during the holiday season.  Through his role at Havas, Schellenberger has… Read More
Illinois Soul at IPM
College News
Illinois Public Media is proud to announce the launch of Illinois Soul, a new radio station highlighting Black experiences, celebrating Black culture, elevating Black voices, and showcasing Black music. “Public media is uniquely positioned in today’s media landscape to meet the needs of its… Read More
ICR Distinguished Speaker Series
ICR News
The Institute of Communications Research will present a Distinguished Speaker Series this spring, showcasing some of the most renowned scholars in the fields of communication and media studies.  “This is our chance to engage with and glean insights from the thought leaders in our field,” said… Read More
Advertising students in Chicago
Advertising News
Eighty-five advertising students traveled to Chicago on November 30 to visit advertising agencies and tech firms to gain exposure to the contemporary advertising industry. In small groups, students were able to visit one advertising agency (DDB, Energy BBDO, Havas, or Highdive) and one tech firm… Read More
Virginia Theatre marquee
College News
Festival passes for Roger Ebert's Film Festival, to be held Wednesday, April 17, through Saturday, April 20, 2024, will go on sale Friday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. CT. Also known as Ebertfest, the four-day festival—named for the late Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, University of Illinois journalism… Read More
Lacey Gilbert
Advertising News
Lacey Gilbert (MS ’11, advertising), vice president and strategy director of Leo Burnett advertising services in Chicago, has been named to Business Insider’s 2023 Rising Stars of Madison Avenue. Gilbert, who joined Leo Burnett in 2020, has led award-winning campaigns like Beam Suntory’s “Bourbon… Read More
Arte Johnson and Gisela
Journalism News
The late comedy legend brothers Arte Johnson (BS ’49, radio journalism) and Coslough Johnson (BS ’52, radio journalism) made sure to invest in the future of media by preserving part of its past.  Both have donated artifacts to the University Library from their most famous collaboration, Rowan… Read More
Media apparel
College News
Show off your University of Illinois and college pride with branded apparel items featuring the College of Media, Advertising, Journalism, Media & Cinema Studies, and the Institute of Communications Research. From November 9 through December 4, a College of Media apparel shop will be open… Read More
Ebert Fellows 2023-24
College News
The 2023-24 Roger Ebert Fellows, pictured with mentor Michael Phillips, are Stephanie Wayda, Caroline Tadla, and Hanna Brazas-Mata. Three College of Media undergraduate students were chosen for this year’s Roger Ebert Fellows program, named after the late Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic and… Read More
Chang-Dae Ham
Advertising News
Chang-Dae Ham, associate professor of advertising and associate head of graduate studies, was selected to become the next Charles H. Sandage Scholar in Advertising Research.  Ham was chosen based on his research proposal, "Reflexive Persuasion Game between Human Intelligence (HI) and Artificial… Read More
Somewhere Sisters
Journalism News
Erika Hayasaki (BS ’01, journalism), a writer and associate professor of literary journalism at the University of California in Irvine, won a silver Nautilus Book Award in Journalism and Investigative Reporting for her 2022 nonfiction novel Somewhere Sisters: A Story of Adoption, Identity and the… Read More