News

Craft and Chambers
College News
Two faculty from the College of Media have been appointed by Dean Tracy Sulkin to associate dean positions starting August 16.  Announced in January, Stephanie Craft, currently professor and head of the Department of Journalism, will serve as the College of Media’s Associate Dean for Academic… Read More
Stephen Feder
College News
Alumnus Stephen Feder with BB-8 in the Lucasfilm Offices at the Walt Disney Studios.   Stephen Feder (BS ’02, media studies) believes that with a little persistence and dedication to the things they love to learn about, students can accomplish anything. “I think if people can harness that,… Read More
Ebertfest
College News
The 22nd annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, co-founded and hosted by Chaz Ebert and also known as “Ebertfest,” has announced its full slate of films for the April 20-23 event. The list announced today includes an appearance by comedian Gilbert Gottfried to discuss his film Gilbert; another movie… Read More
Nonprofit panelists
College News
Media alumni Bradley Smith, Rosie Powers, and Isabel Morales were panelists at the Media Career Night that discussed working for nonprofits.   Media Career Nights, a college initiative borne out of necessity during the pandemic, has become a successful continuing model for connecting students… Read More
Chicago Public Square
Journalism News
Charlie Meyerson (BS 77, MS 78, journalism), who creates ChicagoPublicSquare.com was named in the Chicago Reader’s Best of Chicago edition for “Best free daily roundup in your inbox.”   “Square reflects all facets of Meyerson’s rich personality, his ear for news, his eye for finding interesting… Read More
Ebertfest
College News
Ebertfest will be held April 20-23 at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign, with related talks and panel discussions at the Hyatt Place in Champaign and at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The festival is a College of Media event. (Photo by Fred Zwicky.)   The 22nd Annual… Read More
Campos book
Advertising News
Andrea Campos (BS '12, advertising) has teamed up with Jimmy Fallon and Jennifer Lopez for her debut picture book. Con Pollo: A Bilingual Playtime Adventure, which was co-authored by Fallon and Lopez, centers around a bilingual chicken, which was brought to life by Campos's illustrations. Con Pollo… Read More
Kishi
ICR News
College of Media master's and doctoral degree alumna Shizue Kishi (MS '79, advertising; PhD '83, ICR) received the 41st Shirakawa Shinobu Award from the Tokyo Advertising Association for distinguished contributions to the advertising industry.  Kishi is the first female honoree to win this award,… Read More
Shizue Kishi
Advertising News
College of Media master's and doctoral degree alumna Shizue Kishi (MS '79, advertising; PhD '83, ICR) received the 41st Shirakawa Shinobu Award from the Tokyo Advertising Association for distinguished contributions to the advertising industry.  Kishi is the first female honoree to win this award,… Read More
Colleen King
College News
After a successful run as the executive producer for MSNBC’s The 11th Hour with Brian Williams, Colleen King decided to shift her career focus from broadcast TV news to education, pursuing her master’s in journalism and mass communication. Her new path has led her to become the inaugural… Read More
Sarah Min
Journalism News
Sarah Min (BS ’93, journalism) has always wanted to have a public service chapter of her life. After an extensive career as a media executive, Min now focuses on advocating for people of color and women through nonprofit and political work. In December, Min was appointed to President Biden’s… Read More
Roger and Chaz Ebert
College News
The College of Media at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is excited to announce that the Roger Ebert Center for Film Studies will officially launch this year, with programming to begin in Fall 2022.  Thanks to gifts totaling more than $5 million from a collection of donors—inspired by a… Read More
Super Bowl ad ratings
Advertising News
Advertising alum Patrick Burke (BS '95), executive creative director of the Chicago-based ad agency Highdive, has once again topped the charts with award-winning Super Bowl ads. His team created both the Rocket Mortgage commercial and the Lay's potato chip commercial, earning the #1 and #6 spots on… Read More
Leona Su
Advertising News
Leona Yi-Fan Su, assistant professor in the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising, is interested in how humor can help people engage with science. “Science is thought of as serious,” Su said. “So you can think of humor as a way to catalyze that and make people get interested in science… Read More
Mark L. Brandt
College News
The College of Media has received an estate gift of just over $1 million to create the Mark L. Brandt Public Engagement Fellows program for undergraduates.  Because of the profound impact that the University of Illinois had on the trajectory of Brandt’s life, his dear friend, fellow Illini, and… Read More
High school students in classroom
College News
A new state law is requiring Illinois public high schools to teach media literacy. Through IMEDIA, the College of Education and the College of Media are helping teachers prepare to do just that. When Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill into law on July 9, 2021, requiring that media literacy be… Read More
Colloquium speakers
College News
During the 2021-22 academic year, the College of Media will explore a social justice theme to build community and connections for students, faculty, and staff. The idea for an annual, opt-in theme emerged during the College of Media strategic planning process, and selection of an inaugural theme… Read More
Murillo
Journalism News
Sandy Murillo (BS '12, journalism) produces and hosts "The Disability Minute," a weekly segment that debuted on Chicago's WBBM Newsradio in August 2021. "This is an exciting venture that helps us spread awareness about disabilities to an even wider audience," Murillo said. "Best of all, the… Read More
Sarah Min
Journalism News
Sarah Min (BS '93, journalism) has been appointed by President Biden as one of the commissioners to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.  The Commission will advise the President on ways the public, private, and non-profit sectors can… Read More
Seeking Best Friend by Alison Marcotte
Journalism News
Alison Marcotte (BS '15, journalism) will have her first children's picture book, Seeking Best Friend, published on January 25, 2022, by Beaming Books.  "After graduating, I continued to pursue my passion for storytelling and started a career as a children's book author," Marcotte said. "The… Read More