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Nudo book
Journalism News
Sal Nudo (MS '16, journalism) has released a new book on Amazon in which he recounts his experiences in graduate school in journalism at the College of Media: Learning Journalism Where Writers Rise: Four Enlightening Years in Graduate School at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Nudo… Read More
Illini Media Company Hall of Fame
College News
The Illini Media Company, which oversees The Daily Illini student newspaper, WPGU 107.1 FM radio station, and the Illio yearbook, inducted 20 people into its Class of 2022 Hall of Fame at a ceremony on April 9, 2022. Fourteen were College of Media alumni, including: the late Nelson Algren (BS '… Read More
Chicago Public Square
Journalism News
Charlie Meyerson (BS 77, MS 78, journalism), who creates 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
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
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
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
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
Dempsey Hettinger Houston
Journalism News
Journalism alumni Johnathan Hettinger (BS ’15) and Pam Dempsey (MS ’09), and Professor Brant Houston, Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting in the Department of Journalism, were part of a Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting team that won first place in a national environmental journalism… Read More
Dani Jackson
Advertising News
Dani Jackson (BS '06, advertising), VP of influencer and multicultural marketing at Edelman, received a "Rockstar" award from ADCOLOR, which champions diversity and inclusion in creative industries. The "Rockstar" designation goes to someone who, whether through their primary role or… Read More
Tina Lowrey
ICR News
Tina Lowrey (MS '89, advertising; PhD '92, ICR) has been elected president-elect of the Association for Consumer Research, effective January 1, 2022. Lowrey is a professor of marketing at HEC Paris. Her main research interests include children’s consumer behavior, materialism, the application of… Read More
Journalism News
Kristen Schorsch (BS '03, journalism) recently published a series of digital and audio stories she completed thanks to a fellowship with the Association of Health Care Journalists, with support from the Commonwealth Fund.  The series explores the near death of Mercy Hospital, the oldest chartered… Read More
Stu Ellis
Journalism News
Stu Ellis (BS '70, MS '72, radio and TV) was featured in the October cover story of Illinois Field & Bean, the monthly magazine of the Illinois Soybean Association that focuses on industry influencers. The magazine cover shows Ellis finishing up a TV shoot at Decatur's Progress City, for which… Read More
Journalism News
Eugene Windchy (BS '52, journalism) has published his fourth book, Fifteen American Wars: Twelve of Them Avoidable. Concerning World War I, he disputes the common lone wolf version of the Archduke Ferdinand's assassination by reporting that 16 men were judged complicit at trial in Sarajevo. War… Read More
Journalism News
Matt Fishman (BS '93, broadcast journalism) was recently named one of the top 50 program directors in the country by Radio Ink magazine. He works at WKNR and WWGK in Cleveland, Ohio, part of Good Karma Brands. He has spent 27 years working in radio, with 11 years as program director. "First off,… Read More
Leturia book
Journalism News
Elio Leturia (MS ’92, journalism), associate professor of journalism at Columbia College Chicago, art directed and designed the book XVI Concurso Nacional de Nacimientos (XVI National Nativity Contest), which was published last December by the Instituto Cultural, Teatral y Social (ICTYS) in Lima,… Read More
Tim Schwab
Journalism News
Updated June 23, 2021: Congratulations to Tim Schwab (MS '06, journalism) for winning the Deadline Club Award from the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists! Schwab also recently landed a book deal with Metropolitan Books (Henry Holt) to publish The Good Billionaire… Read More
Lynn Schreiber Price
Advertising News
Lynn Schreiber Price (BS '77, advertising) was recognized for her exceptional leadership, distinguished work, and a deep commitment to improving child welfare. She was named a 2021 Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America (REFCA) Champion. Price is the founder of Camp To Belong in Littleton,… Read More
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