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Leturia book
Journalism News
Peruvian visual journalist Elio Leturia (MS ’92, journalism) published the bilingual book Aguijón 30 Años | Aguijón 30 Years (ISBN: 978-1-7923-1695-1) that displays in 146 pages, in Spanish and English, the history of Aguijón Theater, the oldest Latino theater company in Chicago. It documents in… Read More
Sierra Reed
Advertising News
Sierra Reed, junior in advertising, has become a TikTok influencer, earning several brand deals.    Sierra Reed, a junior in advertising, first joined TikTok in August 2019 for fun. Little did she know she’d go viral doing modern twists on Romeo and Juliet, and eventually become an influencer on… 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, will share her expertise with campus as the Provost Fellow for International Affairs and Global Strategies for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Provost Fellows Program provides selected Illinois… Read More
Cheryl W. Thompson
Journalism News
Investigative correspondent Cheryl W. Thompson (MS '84, journalism) will lead NPR's Station Investigations Team, a new investigative unit that will work with regional newsrooms and topic teams to support local journalism. The team is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Thompson is… Read More
I on the Media
College News
I on the Media is a new video series from the University of Illinois College of Media in which members of our college address the impact of COVID-19 on media-related issues. The series will be updated here; you can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified when we post new videos. Hear… Read More
Doug Balz
Journalism News
As an editor, Doug Balz (BS ’66, MS ’68, journalism) knew how to get the best from writers. In 1980, he advised one journalist stalled while writing, “When in doubt, put the reader on the road. Learn from the best. If the journey motif was good enough for Homer….” That encouragement proved… Read More
Live from Mount Olympus
Journalism News
David Schulman (MS '95, journalism) was an audio producer and sound designer for a new podcast audio drama for ages 9 and up called Live from Mount Olympus. The podcast, launching February 2, features Tony-winning actor André De Shields (Hadestown, The Wiz, Ratatouille The Musical) as Hermes, along… Read More
Ziff and Carey on tandem bike
College News
James W. Carey (Photo courtesy of the University of Illinois Archives.)James W. Carey Fund for Faculty Excellence will support outstanding faculty in the Institute of Communications Research An internationally recognized scholar in communications research, James W. Carey (1934-2006) earned two… Read More
motion capture images
Media & Cinema Studies News
Jenny Oyallon-Koloski, assistant professor in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies, was introduced to the power and influence of media during an introductory film course in college. She recalled watching The Last Laugh, a 1924 film directed by F.W. Murnau, and being “emotionally wrecked”… Read More
Alumni mentors
College News
The College of Media is pleased to announce a number of new initiatives, emerging from our recent strategic planning process, to create and sustain a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Foremost among these is the appointment of Jason Chambers… Read More
Glen Scott
Advertising News
VMLY&R West, based in Seattle, Washington, recently hired Glen Scott (BS '01, advertising) to serve as its executive creative director. The agency covers clients up and down the West coast including Intel, Microsoft, Mazda, and more.  Prior to this position, Scott led creative teams at VMLY… Read More
Angela Sinickas
College News
The University of Illinois Alumni Association presented its annual Alumni Awards as part of its virtual Homecoming Week 2020, Nov. 29-Dec. 5. Congratulations to award winners Angela Sinickas (BS '75, journalism) and Safiya Noble, former faculty member at the Institute of Communications Research… Read More
Mid-America Emmys
Journalism News
In November, journalism faculty member and alumna Alison Davis, College of Media affiliate Illinois Public Media, and numerous alumni received Mid-America Emmy Awards and Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards. Davis, journalism lecturer, was one of the Big Ten Network producers of Engineering Fire, along… Read More
Greg Hall classroom with caution tape
College News
Facilities & Services employees prepare Room 100 in Gregory Hall for safe in-person instruction. (Photo by Charles “Stretch” Ledford, associate professor of journalism.)   Like many faculty members, the COVID-19 pandemic left Jonathan Knipp wondering how he was going to teach his MACS 464:… Read More
Adia Ivey
Media & Cinema Studies News
Adia Ivey (BS ’19, media and cinema studies) has spent her time since graduation developing MANIFOLD, an experimental anthology docuseries that tells the underrepresented stories of “everyday people we meet in our lives but haven’t had the chance to get to know better” from the Black LGBTQIA+… Read More
Murray Kalis
Advertising News
Talented advertising undergraduate students will be recognized for their creative work and provided with a monetary gift to support their creative career path, thanks to the Murray Kalis Award for Creativity in Advertising. The new award was established by College of Media alumnus Murray Kalis (… Read More
Gregory Hall Room 31
College News
College of Media students and alumni may remember pre-pandemic late nights cramming on big projects in the dimly lit basement of Gregory Hall (not to mention the Doritos and Coca-Cola dinners from the vending machine). But thanks to college and campus funds, the basement will soon have a new… Read More
Alex Iniguez
College News
According to Alex Iniguez (BS ’11, journalism), assistant metro editor at The Seattle Times, one thing that can't really be taught in college is “the grind”—a daily devotion to work that helps manage tough days on the job. However, Iniguez said his time as a journalism student prepared him to… Read More
Jenny Lenzini
Journalism News
We are sad to learn about the passing of Jenny Lenzini (BS '16, journalism), who died on November 15 after a motorcycle accident. She was a reporter at WBBH-TV in Fort Myers, Florida. "Her bright smile and passion for storytelling instantly made her a standout reporter in the Southwest Florida… Read More
congress
College News
The wide-ranging Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act impacted a huge swath of the American economy and might affect your 2020 charitable giving benefiting the College of Media in the following ways.  Your required minimum distribution (“RMD”) has likely been cancelled this… Read More