News

Woojin Kim screen
ICR News
Congratulations to current ICR Students Woojin Kim, Un Chae Chung, and Olga Shabalina, who participated in the “virtual” meeting of the American Academy of Advertising in March. The ICR was also well-represented by current faculty and former students, including incoming ICR Director Sela Sar who… Read More
Cheryl Whitlow Thompson
Journalism News
Cheryl W. Thompson (BS ’82, LAS; MS ’84, journalism), an investigative correspondent for NPR in Washington, D.C., and a 22-year veteran of The Washington Post, was re-elected for a second term as president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a 6,100-member organization dedicated to improving… Read More
Eugene Windchy
Journalism News
Eugene Windchy (BS '52, journalism) has published the fourth edition of Twelve American Wars: Nine of Them Avoidable. Previously he has written Tonkin Gulf, described as "superb investigative reporting" by the New York Times, and The End of Darwinism. Windchy resides in Centreville, Virginia.
Kristy Hamilton in AdLab
ICR News
What is the best way to take notes to promote learning: Taking notes by hand? Taking photos of the slides? Recording the lecture? Such questions about the ways we use technology drives doctoral student Kristy Hamilton’s research.  Her goal is to help media users learn how to make smarter decisions… Read More
Professor Nancy Benson with student
Journalism News
Professor Nancy Benson officially retired in December 2019, becoming professor emerita of journalism, and leaving behind quite a legacy at the College of Media. She didn’t start out as a professor; in fact, she didn’t even know she wanted to teach. Benson’s career began primarily in broadcast… Read More
Deanna Frautschi
Advertising News
After developing a satisfying career, Deanna Frautschi (BS ’70, advertising), retired executive vice president of communications and human resources for COUNTRY Financial, wants College of Media students to reap the benefits of an Illinois education just as she did.  Last year, Frautschi and her… Read More
ICR News
Congratulations to Jane Pyo and Jingyi Gu! The Center for Global Studies announced their project, “All-in-one apps: the techno-cultural regime of WeChat and KakaoTalk,” as a successful proposal and recipient of a Global Intersections Grant for Spring 2020. Their project aims to understand how… Read More
Tina Akouris
Journalism News
Tina Akouris (BS '94, journalism) won a Beck Award at the Chicago Tribune for Outstanding Professional Performance on Friday, Feb. 7. She is a member of the Chicago Tribune's suburban digital team and is a digital news editor.
College News
On the nomination of the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising and advice of the College Executive Committee, Kevin Wise, professor of advertising and director of graduate studies for the Institute of Communications Research, was named the College of Media's winner for Excellence in Graduate… Read More
Journalism News
Associate Professor of journalism Eric Meyer's weekly newspaper Marion County Record in Marion, Kansas, won a near-record 30 awards from the Kansas Press Association for 2019. He is editor, publisher, and co-owner of the paper. Meyer swept first, second, and third in column and editorial writing;… Read More
Angharad N. Valdivia
ICR News
In her latest book, The Gender of Latinidad: Uses and Abuses of Hybridity, Institute of Communications Research Professor Angharad N. Valdivia discusses the history and production of gendered Latinidad in the mainstream media.  Valdivia said the academic book is a continuation of her long-… Read More
Amanda Ciafone
Media & Cinema Studies News
(Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.) Amanda Ciafone, assistant professor in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies, was selected as a 2020-2021 University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study Fellow.  One of the primary missions of CAS is to identify the very best scholars at Illinois. CAS… Read More
Anita Say Chan
Media & Cinema Studies News
Anita Say Chan, associate professor in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies and at the iSchool, is the recipient of a Fulbright Specialist grant, effective January 2020 through January 2023. A program of the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Specialist Program creates opportunities… Read More
Stephen Feder
Media & Cinema Studies News
Stephen Feder (BS '02, media studies) has been named a producer at T-Street, a new independent studio led by filmmaker Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman, who recently launched Knives Out. According to T-Street, Feder and two other producers, Kiri Hart and Ben LeClair, will "spearhead films of… Read More
Breen book
Journalism News
Justin Breen (BS '99, journalism), founder and CEO of BrEpic, has written a new book that will launch on May 19—Epic Business: 30 Secrets to Build Your Business Exponentially and Give You the Freedom to Live the Life You Want!  “I am so thankful every day for BrEpic’s success, and I can’t wait to… Read More
Bezane book on Maui
Advertising News
Norm Bezane (BS '60, advertising), a former Chicagoan who has lived on Maui for 16 years, has just published his fourth book Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui. Learn more at http://normbezane.com.
College News
Brittany Duff, associate professor of advertising, and Julie Turnock, associate professor of media & cinema studies and acting department head, have both been named College of Media Scholars. Duff's term is for academic years 2019-20 and 2020-21, and Turnock's term is for academic years 2020-21… Read More
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