News

Jason P. Chambers
Advertising News
Aunt Jemima is retiring. Uncle Ben is changing. Mrs. Butterworth is getting a review. One way or another, these and other familiar brands are being rethought due to their use of Black images in packaging and ads. Jason P. Chambers can explain why. He’s an associate professor of advertising at the… Read More
Angharad N. Valdivia
ICR News
Receiving one of the highest honors in the broad field of communication studies, Angharad Valdivia, Institute of Communications Research professor, has been elected a fellow in the International Communication Association. As part of the ICA Fellows Class of 2020, Valdivia is recognized for her… Read More
Nicole Anderson Cobb
Journalism News
Nicole Anderson Cobb (MS '16, journalism) is a recipient of the 2020 Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge Grant. The project is a collaboration of 16 journalists and a project team representing 13 publications across the state of Illinois who will be… Read More
Podcast
Advertising News
Geno Schellenberger (BS '20, advertising) created an advertising and media podcast called "Breaking & Entering" to help students and recent graduates break into the industry and then thrive once they're there.  "I started this podcast because I realized the struggle to find internships and… Read More
Rev. Wilson
Journalism News
Reverend Jason Carson Wilson (BS '99, journalism) became founding executive director of Bayard Rustin Liberation Initiative, a Washington, D.C.-based policy advocacy organization focused on same-gender-loving (SGL)/LGBTQ+ people and people of color, in April 2018. Wilson has also served as … Read More
West book
Journalism News
Catherine Adel West (BS '02, MS '04, journalism) has been garnering praise for her debut novel, Saving Ruby King, which was featured on USA Today's hottest new book releases for the week of June 15. West was also interviewed about her book and the importance of inclusive publishing by Parade. … Read More
Jeffrey Katz
Journalism News
Jeffrey Katz (BS '78, journalism) is the news director at WAMU, the NPR news station in Washington, D.C. He joined WAMU in May 2017, after many years as a reporter and editor in digital news, radio, magazines, and newspapers. He was an editor at NPR for 15 years at Morning Edition and as the deputy… Read More
Jim Selle
Journalism News
Jim Selle (BS '92, journalism) has been promoted to executive producer of Good Day Chicago, overseeing six hours of morning news at Fox 32 Chicago.
College message
College News
Dear College of Media Community, Media in all its forms has always served as a window into the systemic racism that produces and perpetuates the kind of violence, threats, and unjust practices we have witnessed with alarm recently. At this moment, we feel particularly compelled to affirm the value… Read More
Black Lives Matter
Media & Cinema Studies News
In the wake of the murders most recently of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade, and given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color and Indigenous communities, MACS stands united with Black Lives Matter against structural and institutional racism… Read More
Greg Hall
College News
View a PDF of the College of Media's strategic plan to learn about our priorities for 2020-2025.
Stretch Ledford with students
Journalism News
Charles “Stretch” Ledford, associate professor of journalism, received the Illinois Student Government Teaching Excellence Award, which recognizes instructors for outstanding performance both in and out of the classroom. Honorees have demonstrated a commitment to teaching and to students in every… Read More
Littleton-Post
Journalism News
Responding to thousands of invaluable internships cancelled because of COVID-19, two recent University of Illinois alumni have created a way to simultaneously support their fellow Illini and the many small businesses impacted by the pandemic throughout Illinois. College of Media graduate Walker… Read More
Susan Klusmeier
Journalism News
Susan Klusmeier (BS '01, journalism) was named vice provost for academic success at the University of Kansas. Klusmeier, who has taught at KU and other institutions, will also be named a courtesy assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in the School of… Read More
empty theater
Media & Cinema Studies News
Distributors hold much of the power in the film industry, and will have a major role in what happens in the shadow of COVID-19, says Derek Long, assistant professor of media and cinema studies who focuses on the film distribution system in his research. The virus has added to longstanding trends… Read More
flower
College News
Congratulations to these College of Media students who received campus and college awards and honors, and scholarships that were made possible thanks to our donors.   Bronze Tablet Inscription on the Bronze Tablets in the Main Library recognizes students ranking in the top three percent of… 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.… Read More
Mia Wang
ICR News
Looking beyond the entertainment value of virtual reality/augmented reality, Yanyun (Mia) Wang, a doctoral student in the Institute of Communications Research, has been exploring virtual reality/augmented reality as potential tools to change people’s perceptions and attitudes toward social issues… Read More
Undergraduate Research Symposium
College News
Update 5/27/2020: Congratulations to Sarah Sigmon for receiving the Stevick Foundation Excellence in Media Research Award from the Office of Undergraduate Research for her presentation! This award reflects the high quality of her research as well as her effective presentation at the virtual… Read More
Alma mater
ICR News
The Institute of Communications Research is excited to announce our next class of nine incoming students! Please learn more about their research interests in their profiles below and join us in welcoming them to the University of Illinois College of Media community this fall. Sakshi Bhalla Sakshi… Read More