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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.
College News
On the nomination of the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising and advice of the College Executive Committee, Kevin Wise, professor of advertising and director of graduate studies for the Institute of Communications Research, was named the College of Media's winner for Excellence in Graduate… Read More
Eric Meyer
Journalism News
Associate Professor of journalism Eric Meyer's weekly newspaper Marion County Record in Marion, Kansas, won a near-record 30 awards from the Kansas Press Association for 2019. He is editor, publisher, and co-owner of the paper. Meyer swept first, second, and third in column and editorial writing;… Read More
Angharad N. Valdivia
ICR News
In her latest book, The Gender of Latinidad: Uses and Abuses of Hybridity, Institute of Communications Research Professor Angharad N. Valdivia discusses the history and production of gendered Latinidad in the mainstream media.  Valdivia said the academic book is a continuation of her long-… Read More
Brant Houston
Journalism News
Nonprofit newsrooms are providing a significant new source for news as many newspapers face cuts and closures, says University of Illinois journalism professor Brant Houston, a co-founder of the Institute for Nonprofit News, which now includes more than 200 members. (Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.) … Read More
Mike Yao
Advertising News
The major shift underway in TV—from broadcast and cable to streaming—is also bringing targeted advertising to mainstream media, says Mike Yao, a professor of digital media and the head of the advertising department at Illinois. “Total surveillance” could be one result. (Photo by L. Brian Stauffer… Read More
Amanda Ciafone
Media & Cinema Studies News
(Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.) Amanda Ciafone, assistant professor in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies, was selected as a 2020-2021 University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study Fellow.  One of the primary missions of CAS is to identify the very best scholars at Illinois. CAS… Read More
Anita Say Chan
Media & Cinema Studies News
Anita Say Chan, associate professor in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies and at the iSchool, is the recipient of a Fulbright Specialist grant, effective January 2020 through January 2023. A program of the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Specialist Program creates opportunities… Read More