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College News
The College of Media is pleased to announce a number of new and innovative curricular opportunities, including a new interdisciplinary minor in media, a minor in critical film production within the Department of Media & Cinema Studies, and new courses across all three departments that address… Read More
Roger Ebert illustration
College News
In honor of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic and University of Illinois journalism graduate Roger Ebert, three College of Media undergraduate students have been named as this year’s Roger Ebert Fellows. In addition to a stipend, the fellows will be mentored by Chicago Tribune film… Read More
Harsh Taneja
Advertising News
We know how search engines can favor certain results and how social media might push us into bubbles, but it’s still easy to view the Internet as a place where we’re in control. A new study, however, argues that notion of personal empowerment is “an illusion.” Corporations are “nudging” the flow… Read More
Aaron Navarro
Journalism News
Aaron Navarro (BS '18, journalism) works as a CBS broadcast associate for the 2020 political unit covering House and gubernatorial races. Navarro has been a key player in following the central stories for down-ballot races, from impeachment to coronavirus, and helping with overall 2020 election… Read More
Michelle G. Lopez
Journalism News
Michelle G. Lopez (BS '06, journalism) has been named director of content for the Chicago Tribune. She joined the newspaper in 2013, serving as senior digital and design editor at The Mash, the Tribune edition for teens, and as digital editor of RedEye, the tabloid for commuters. Later she was lead… Read More
Ebert Symposium Series
College News
The 2020 Chaz & Roger Ebert Symposium will be presented as a virtual series this fall, bringing together filmmakers and scholars to discuss a variety of issues relevant to the media industry. The series, which is free and open to the public, premiered on October 8 with a panel moderated by… Read More
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College News
Congratulations to the students who have received scholarships and fellowships, made possible thanks to our donors. This list was compiled on October 2, 2020. As more campus and college awards and honors are given throughout the year, the recipients will be added to this list. Updated December 17… Read More
Richard and Leslie Frank
College News
Rich and Leslie Frank have given the largest gift in the College of Media's history to establish the Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media. The center will have a transformative impact on students at the University of Illinois and will define future excellence,… Read More
Media Career Night panel
College News
At the first Media Career Night for students on September 23, alumni discussed their experience in crisis communications. The panel was moderated by Katie Clark, senior assistant dean for student services (top left).  In two new initiatives, the College of Media is bringing together alumni to… Read More
Ewa Maslowska
Advertising News
After taking a course in the psychology of advertising, Ewa Maslowska was inspired to learn more about persuasion techniques. Since then, she has pursued research to examine consumer behavior, online brand engagement, and the effects of personalized marketing.  “I have always been interested in… Read More
Kathy Petitte (Jamison) Novak
ICR News
Institute of Communications Research alumna Kathy Petitte (Jamison) Novak (PhD '08) has recently been promoted at the University of Illinois at Springfield. She is currently professor of journalism and media studies in the Department of Communication and was named acting associate dean of the… Read More
Congrats
College News
Congratulations to all of the College of Media faculty and teaching assistants who were ranked as excellent by their students! This list is based on Instructor and Course Evaluation System (ICES) questionnaire forms completed by students during the Spring 2020 semester. Only those instructors who… Read More
David E. McCraw
Journalism News
David E. McCraw (BS '76, journalism), deputy general counsel of The New York Times, has been selected as a 2020 Hugh M. Hefner Foundation First Amendment Awardee. The late Hefner was also a University of Illinois alumnus. The First Amendment Awards recognize individuals who have taken outstanding… Read More
NSF grant on COVID-19 misinformation
College News
Last fall, a group of University of Illinois professors from across campus created a research project to study misinformation about health practices. In the spring, however, they shifted their focus to COVID-19 misinformation, a timely study that essentially would indicate that the Internet “… Read More
Gelman and Collins
Journalism News
Two journalism alumni, Joey Gelman (BS '16) and Dan Collins (BS '16), have launched a new podcast called "BLEAV in Chicago Sports" with the BLEAV Podcast Network. "We can't wait to give all our Illini family some fun Chicago sports talk and hopefully sprinkle in some Illini as they're ready to be… Read More
BrEpic
Journalism News
Justin Breen (BS '99, journalism), the founder/CEO of BrEpic Communications, LLC, won a Silver Trumpet award from the Publicity Club of Chicago at the 61st annual Golden Trumpet Awards competition on September 10. BrEpic has won a Golden or Silver Trumpet in all three years it has been in business… Read More
Andre Garner
Journalism News
Black Ink Group, LLC, announced the launch of the BlackCoin Mobile Application as part of the BlackCoin Campaign, an effort to track and incentivize day-to-day spending with Black-owned businesses. The mobile app, available on the AppStore and the Google Play Store, will allow the Black Ink Group… 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
Stockwell book
Journalism News
Stuart Lieberman (BS '10, journalism) co-wrote The Power of Choice: My Journey from Wounded Warrior to World Champion with U.S. Paralympian Melissa Stockwell. The book shares Melissa's journey from being the first female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War to becoming a Paralympic medalist.… Read More
Angela Aguayo
Media & Cinema Studies News
Angela Aguayo, a new associate professor in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies, begins her work by looking for answers to two questions: Which problems are not being solved right now, and what are the world’s most pressing social issues? Many of her projects, including the oral history… Read More