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Below are some media-related student organizations. If you have a student organization to add or an update to make, please email

American Advertising Federation

The AAF is a professional business organization that brings together students and professionals to create a unifying voice in the industry. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AAF consists of a nationwide network of advertisers, agencies, media companies, local clubs and student groups. As a chapter of the American Advertising Federation, AAF Illinois seeks to bring students together to network with each other as well as with professionals in the advertising, media and marketing fields. Through presentations, social events, philanthropic events and participation in the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC), students in AAF gain skills that supplement their education and can ultimately help them find jobs after graduation. The organization accepts new members at the beginning of each semester (excluding summer).

For more information, visit or email


Founded in 1999 by the late Roger Ebert, University of Illinois journalism alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, Roger Ebert's Film Festival (Ebertfest) celebrates films that haven't received the recognition they deserved during their original runs. The festival gives these films and their filmmakers a well-deserved second look. Ebertfest takes place in Urbana-Champaign each April. Ebertfest is a special event of the College of Media at the University of Illinois, and the festival, in conjunction with the college, hosts a number of on-campus academic panel discussions each year that feature filmmaker guests, scholars, and students. Ebertfest brings together the films’ producers, writers, actors, and directors to help showcase their work.

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Hear My Voice

Hear My Voice is a collaborative project designed to create a platform of inclusion for all voices through articles, research studies and multimedia projects. Through teaching, scholarship, research and constant hands-on experience, students learn how to create and develop professional, ethical, multimedia elements and platforms as well as engage in critical thinking. Hear my Voice practices Active Centralized Empowerment which means everyone works together towards a central goal and individual leadership development. No one is left behind or on the margins. All students across campus of any skill level, race, gender, sexual orientation or preference, and nationality, who have the desire to work towards educating the public about unique and authentic perspectives through narratives and research can join.

For more information, visit

Her Campus at Illinois

Her Campus - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a branch of, is an online magazine for the college women of Illinois with features on Campus News, Events, Profiles, Polls, and more! As a branch of, the content of Her Campus at Illinois is written by U of I students, and is a supplement to the national content of that is created for college women everywhere. Her Campus, the larger organization that supports Her Campus at Illinois, is an online magazine featuring articles on Style, Health, Love, DormLife, Career, World, and much more, updated on a daily basis. Written entirely by college journalists, Her Campus highlights the best in student journalism while filling the critical hole in the media marketplace for media that responds directly to the needs of college women. Her Campus at Illinois is a place for the women of U of I to get personalized information about what's happening on campus!

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Illinois Public Media

Illinois Public Media is a not-for-profit public media service of the College of Media at the University of Illinois, educating, entertaining, inspiring, and empowering by airing the best of public television and radio programs, producing local content for broadcast and the Web, and working with community partners to address needs and concerns.

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National Association of Black Journalists

The National Association of Black Journalists works to improve the quality of news coverage by promoting diversity and ethical reporting. The NABJ invites professional journalists and professors to share their expertise and encourages members to participate in campus media outlets. The student chapter at Illinois is on Twitter and Instagram.

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Photon Pictures

Photon Pictures was founded by Chinese international students at the University of Illinois in 2011. It has become the biggest Chinese video and media organization on campus. They focus on producing commercials, music videos, and independent films in different genres, including drama, horror, sci-fi, and school romance. The standing members of Photon Pictures include directors, scriptwriters, cinematographers, actors and actresses, film editors, and colorists. Photon Pictures is open to students who are interested in films and filmmaking; they hold regular sessions on scriptwriting and film editing and conduct production plans each semester. Their goal is "to establish a society that communicates and promotes our spirits shared in films." If you have any questions or are interested in joining, email

Public Relations Student Society of America

The PRSSA is a student-run, non-profit organization that is dedicated to bringing public relations to the Champaign-Urbana campus. The PRSSA a 100+ student organization sponsored by the Registered Student Organization at Illinois open to all majors.  PRSSA’s goal is to introduce members to the field of public relations, facilitate career development and better inform about the field through professional speakers, career workshops, case study discussions, technology training and community projects. The PRSSA also participates in the Bateman Case Study Competition, a national contest in which student teams create and implement a public relations plan for a nonprofit client. The PRSAA meetings are typically held on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

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Society of Professional Journalists

The Illinois student chapter of SPJ aims to help students connect with other journalism majors and professionals in the field to learn more about careers in journalism. Faculty members occasionally attend meetings to discuss different aspects of journalism. All journalism students are welcome to attend meetings and participate in the organization, including pre-journalism students, as well as undergraduate and graduate students. Members have a lot of fun and love to see new faces!

For more information, contact:

Brian K. Johnson
Chapter Advisor

Star Course

Star Course is a live-concert promotion and production organization run by students for fellow University of Illinois students and for the Champaign-Urbana community. Members participate in all levels of event planning—from booking artists and designing ad campaigns to organizing tickets sales or staffing house and backstage positions on the day of show. Star Course is about diversity in music, creativity in learning, and friendship in community. 

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The Spread

The Spread is the brain child of the University of Illinois’ registered student organization called JAMS (Journalism Advertising and Media Students), which unites all students interested in media-related activities. This publication has been recognized as an online monthly entertainment magazine, but now, we’ve transitioned into a website. We’re bringing you more of what you need to know about college life, fashion, food, music, movies, relationships and pop culture.

For more information, visit


Verge is a website created to help advertising students find answers. Verge's hope is to help students find their way and to make things a little easier by putting resources all in the same place. Their mission is to create a space made BY students, FOR students. They want to provide students in advertising with a platform to learn, contribute, and become part of the industry as well as the community. 

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