News

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
Students from across majors in the College of Media are participating in the 14th annual University of Illinois Undergraduate Research Symposium, held online April 25-May 1.  "This year’s Undergraduate Research Week and Symposium is not only a celebration of undergraduate excellence 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
Tim Schwab
Journalism News
Tim Schwab (MS '06, journalism) recently won the Izzy Award from the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College for outstanding achievement in independent media. In a three-part investigation published in The Nation, he explored the opaque operations of the Gates Foundation. Schwab's work… Read More
Far from Mars
Journalism News
Sal Nudo (MS '16, journalism) recently published Far From Mars, which contains nine creative nonfiction articles about individuals who live and work in Champaign-Urbana. The pieces range from dog walkers who adore their Greyhounds to a cassette collector who hosts a local radio show and plays on-… Read More
SBC Class of 2019
Advertising News
In December 2019, the strategic brand communication graduates met in person for the first time after spending 15 months together for the online master's degree.  Traveling across eight time zones in nine countries didn’t stop Michelle Floyd from earning her master’s degree in strategic brand… Read More
ICR students present at AAA
Advertising News
The Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising faculty members and Institute of Communications Research doctoral students participated as moderators, panelists, and research paper presenters at the American Academy of Advertising annual conference, March 18-20, 2021.  Their research topics… Read More
Leslie Frank, Peter Alexander, Judy Hsu
College News
Update April 5, 2021:  The recording of this event is now available to watch on YouTube. Peter Alexander, chief White House correspondent for NBC News, and Judy Hsu, ABC 7 Chicago anchor, join a conversation with Leslie Frank, Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist. The College of Media will… Read More
Pat Burke and Tracy Morgan
Advertising News
Patrick Burke doesn’t usually like waking up to a work text at 5 a.m. … unless it’s saying that his commercials got the #1 and #2 spots for the USA Today Super Bowl AdMeter poll. “If I’m gonna get woken up to a work text at 5 a.m., that was definitely a good one,” he said with a laugh. Burke (… Read More
Sela Sar
Advertising News
Sela Sar, associate professor of advertising and director of the Institute of Communications Research, has been elected president-elect of the American Academy of Advertising. He joins the executive committee on March 19 at the AAA annual conference, and will become president of AAA in March 2022… Read More
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