For 10 Department of Journalism students on spring break in Washington, D.C., the question at the end of each stop was the same.
“Have you seen the cherry blossoms yet?”
By the final day of the trip, students had come to expect the question as a parting goodbye. But while the seasonal timing of the flowers added to the atmosphere, the students touring media outlets used their experiences in D.C. to make connections and develop new interests.
Leonora LaPeter Anton ’86, of the Tampa Bay Times was awarded a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. The reporting was a joint project between the Times and the Herald-Tribune into Florida’s state-funded mental hospitals.
How cool would it be to organize a film festival for college-credit? That’s exactly what the goal is for U of I’s class Media and Cinema Studies 464, aka Illinifest Student Film Festival. The class’ focuses on learning about film festivals throughout the world while also organizing a student-run film festival right on campus. This celebration of student and professional short-filmmaking is open to all genres, themes and categories. This year it received 123 short-film submissions from over 20 countries.