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Two journalism students place in Hearst Awards Program

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University of Illinois seniors Peter Bailey-Wells and Michal Dwojak tied for 11th place in the sports writing category in the 57th annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program.

Bailey-Wells also tied for 11th place in last year’s Hearst sports writing competition.

30 Mar

Benson published in The New York Times

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Chris Benson, associate professor of journalism, had an opinion piece published in The New York Times regarding the controversy surrounding “Open Casket,” a painting by Dana Schutz based on the iconic Jett magazine photo of Emmitt Till’s coffin.

30 Mar

‘Hair’ coming to Ebertfest, along with additional films and guests

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The 1979 film “Hair,” based on the Broadway musical of the same name, will open this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival hosted by Chaz Ebert, also known as “Ebertfest,” coming April 19-23 to Champaign.

27 Mar

Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert and TV legend Norman Lear coming to ‘Ebertfest’


The 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival will show the French thriller “Elle” and the documentary “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” as two of its 12 films, organizers announced today.

Coming with those films to “Ebertfest,” April 19-23 in Champaign, will be guests Isabelle Huppert, Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee for her role in “Elle”; and multiple Emmy Award winner Lear, the subject of the documentary, along with its producer Brent Miller, and directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady.

17 Mar