News

Karen Hawkins
Journalism News
Karen Hawkins (BS '97, journalism) has won a 2021 Studs Terkel Community Media Award for her work as co-editor in chief of the Chicago Reader and founder of feminist media company Rebellious Magazine. The Studs Terkel Award is given by Public Narrative to Chicago reporters, editors, producers,… Read More
Ebertfest
College News
Update 8/26/2021: Ebertfest rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns Update 8/18/2021: Ebertfest announces first films and guests, COVID-19 protocols Passes for the 22nd annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” are now on sale. Festival passes cover all of the screenings during the… Read More
Brant Houston
Journalism News
Brant Houston is the Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting in the Department of Journalism and co-founder of the Institute for Nonprofit News, which now includes more than 250 members. (Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.)   On May 21, Tribune Publishing Co. confirmed that its… Read More
Dempsey and Hettinger
Journalism News
Recently, journalism alumni Pam Dempsey (MS ’09) and Johnathan Hettinger (BS ’15) were highlighted in the Global Investigative Journalism Network as part of a feature on the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit newsroom focused on in-depth reporting of agricultural issues. … Read More
Student in high-tech experiential learning classroom
Advertising News
A new campus-funded initiative on strategic communication and emerging technology will connect advertising students, faculty, and brands, putting research into practice. The Hub for Brand Innovation and Advertising Technology is a partnership between the Charles H. Sandage Department of… Read More
Linda Goldstein
Advertising News
Linda Goldstein (BS '74, advertising), chair of Vistage, recently launched a new chief executive group in the St. Louis market. Vistage asked her to build a CEO Advisory Board just after COVID hit. "What better time than now to tap into the collective wisdom of a group of high-performing peers who… Read More
Spiro books
Advertising News
Ruth Spiro (BS '86, advertising) celebrates the publication of her 25th children's book. Her board book series, Baby Loves Science, is published by Charlesbridge and has sold more than 500,000 copies. Foreign translation rights have also been sold in 10 countries including Russia, China, Korea,… Read More
Mike Dizon
Journalism News
Mike Dizon (MS '98, journalism) has accepted a new role this year as vice president of marketing and communication and chief of staff at LPL Financial, a publicly traded financial services firm that serves 17,000 independent financial advisors nationwide. He previously served as the chief marketing… Read More
Eric Meyer
Journalism News
Eric Meyer, associate professor of journalism, received the first-ever graphic designer of the year award from the Kansas Press Association, in addition to winning 19 other awards. His weekly newspaper, Marion County Record in Marion, Kansas, won 29 awards total, competing against both daily and… Read More
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
Updated June 17, 2021: Congratulations to all of our student presenters! Five received awards at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, including advertising students Kenna Hansen (Outstanding), Evan Hawkins (Outstanding), Miriam Sadkhin (Honorable Mention), and Grace Tessitore (Outstanding); 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… 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
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 Ad Meter 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