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Brant Houston
Journalism News
Pictured is Professor Brant Houston with fellow Pulitzer juror Ginger Thompson, a senior reporter at ProPublica. (Photo credit: Copyright Pulitzer Prizes/Jose R. Lopez.)   Brant Houston, Knight Chair Professor in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting in the Department of Journalism, was a… Read More
Illini Film Fest
College News
UPDATE 5/2/2020, 7:30 p.m.:Thanks, everyone! What a great festival and all of the filmmakers who submitted should be very proud. Apologies, of course, for the glitch on the YouTube channel. Voting will be enabled on the Illini Film Fest website Monday, May 4. Please, if you haven't watched the… Read More
Blue ribbon
Journalism News
Update: Congratulations to the winners, announced on May 15! Winners are noted in bold below. Congratulations to the following journalism alumni who have been nominated for 2019 Peter Lisagor Awards for their work across print, radio, television and digital media. Winners will be announced in May… Read More
Cheryl W. Thompson
Journalism News
Cheryl W. Thompson (BS ’82, LAS; MS ’84, journalism), an investigative correspondent for NPR and a 22-year veteran of The Washington Post, was re-elected for a second term as president of Investigative Reporters and Editors. In 2018, Thompson became the first African American president of IRE. “… Read More
Daily Illini editors 2019-2020
College News
This group photo of The Daily Illini shows the 2019-2020 new editors and staff, many of whom are in leadership positions for 2020-2021. (Photo courtesy of JJ Kim.)  Each spring, The Daily Illini undergoes turnover, a transition period that welcomes new editors and staff to its team. This year’s… Read More
Greg Hall + home composite
College News
The COVID-19 pandemic this spring has resulted in classes shifting to online environments and our Media students have shared their reflections on their transition to sheltering in place. Several journalism students have provided a glimpse into their new lives learning from home: Reflections in… Read More
Connor Ciecko
Journalism News
With all the instructional changes on campus this semester due to COVID-19, Good Morning, Illini, a student lifestyle show, has had to adapt our format to continue to produce content for our campus audience and to continue to grow in our skills as journalists and TV personalities. The task of… Read More
adopted bunnies
Journalism News
March 31, 2020 For the past three and half years, my life at the University of Illinois has been characterized by complaining about waking up early and pretending to be upset about spending hours with my favorite professors and friends in these classes. On a typical day, my first alarm would go… Read More
Greg Hall + home composite
Journalism News
While practicing social distancing, I have been reflecting on my last four years at the University of Illinois. It makes me sad that I will never again have the opportunity to walk the halls of Gregory Hall as a student. But, even in such unfortunate times, I am thankful to have fond memories of my… Read More
Nate Kohn and Chaz Ebert
College News
Nate Kohn and Chaz Ebert onstage at a past Ebertfest.  For Nate Kohn (BS ’69, LAS; MS ’72, journalism; PhD ’95, ICR/communications), filmmaker, professor at the University of Georgia, and director of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, film has always been an essential part of life and a medium with the… Read More
AAA conference
Advertising News
Congratulations to Brittany Duff and Ewa Maslowska, faculty members in the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising, who received awards at the 2020 American Academy of Advertising conference, held virtually in March.  Duff, associate professor of advertising, was the runner-up for the Journal… Read More
Woojin Kim screen
ICR News
Congratulations to current ICR Students Woojin Kim, Un Chae Chung, and Olga Shabalina, who participated in the “virtual” meeting of the American Academy of Advertising in March. The ICR was also well-represented by current faculty and former students, including incoming ICR Director Sela Sar who… Read More
Cheryl Whitlow Thompson
Journalism News
Cheryl W. Thompson (BS ’82, LAS; MS ’84, journalism), an investigative correspondent for NPR in Washington, D.C., and a 22-year veteran of The Washington Post, was re-elected for a second term as president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a 6,100-member organization dedicated to improving… Read More
Eugene Windchy
Journalism News
Eugene Windchy (BS '52, journalism) has published the fourth edition of Twelve American Wars: Nine of Them Avoidable. Previously he has written Tonkin Gulf, described as "superb investigative reporting" by the New York Times, and The End of Darwinism. Windchy resides in Centreville, Virginia.
Sang-Hwa Oh
Advertising News
Sang-Hwa Oh became interested in how governments communicate about risk through the media when observing a protest in her native South Korea 12 years ago regarding mad cow disease. When a MERS outbreak in 2015 also brought about serious public concerns, the professor in advertising sought to study… Read More
Kristy Hamilton in AdLab
ICR News
What is the best way to take notes to promote learning: Taking notes by hand? Taking photos of the slides? Recording the lecture? Such questions about the ways we use technology drives doctoral student Kristy Hamilton’s research.  Her goal is to help media users learn how to make smarter decisions… Read More
Professor Nancy Benson with student
Journalism News
Professor Nancy Benson officially retired in December 2019, becoming professor emerita of journalism, and leaving behind quite a legacy at the College of Media. She didn’t start out as a professor; in fact, she didn’t even know she wanted to teach. Benson’s career began primarily in broadcast… Read More
Deanna Frautschi
Advertising News
After developing a satisfying career, Deanna Frautschi (BS ’70, advertising), retired executive vice president of communications and human resources for COUNTRY Financial, wants College of Media students to reap the benefits of an Illinois education just as she did.  Last year, Frautschi and her… Read More
ICR News
Congratulations to Jane Pyo and Jingyi Gu! The Center for Global Studies announced their project, “All-in-one apps: the techno-cultural regime of WeChat and KakaoTalk,” as a successful proposal and recipient of a Global Intersections Grant for Spring 2020. Their project aims to understand how… Read More
Tina Akouris
Journalism News
Tina Akouris (BS '94, journalism) won a Beck Award at the Chicago Tribune for Outstanding Professional Performance on Friday, Feb. 7. She is a member of the Chicago Tribune's suburban digital team and is a digital news editor.