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These groups provide students extracurricular and real-world opportunities. If you have a media-related organization to add or an update to make, please email

Student-Run Organizations

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

Asian American Journalists Association

AAJA promotes diversity in news coverage and in newsrooms by providing means of support among Asian American and Pacific Islander student journalists. The purpose of our (unofficial) student chapter is to provide networking, career and scholastic opportunities for students and to foster discussion regarding coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the media.

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C-U Cinefile

The C-U Cinefile is a film discussion and review club open to all majors at the University of Illinois. Members of the club discuss movies they've watched, review recent releases and all kinds of classics, host screenings, record podcasts, and even film video content that they upload to their YouTube channel. Send them an email or check the Facebook page below for info on the next meeting so you can become a member and share your opinions!

For more information, visit or email

The Fashion Network

The Fashion Network is a student group that helps students interested in fashion get connected. The group explores all aspects of the fashion industry and creates projects to be implemented on campus (for example, fashion shows).

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Good Morning Illini

GMI is a student-run lifestyle/entertainment television broadcast that airs live on Friday morning. Students may participate as part of the group or through classes that teach students how to shoot, edit, or run production for the live studio broadcast.

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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!

For more information, visit

Illini Film and Video

IFV is the premier film and video production organization at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. We write and produce our own content, as well as collaborate with other organizations in the community for whatever video needs they might have. All experience levels are welcomed!

For more information, visit or email

Illini Sports Night

Illini Sports Night is a student run sports television broadcast which is built around Illinois Athletics. The show is shot, produced and edited, then aired on UI7. Students involved have the opportunity to cover a variety of sports and learn basic/intermediate and advanced skills of sports videography and editing.

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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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National Association of Hispanic Journalists

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists at Illinois strives to unify Latinx students interested in journalism and aid them in career advancement through hands-on reporting and professional development.

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The status quo of publishing and social media makes it hard for all voices to be heard. Odyssey democratizes content, giving people the opportunity to share what’s most important to them and their communities, enriching everyone with broader, more honest perspectives on topics they care about.

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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. 

For more information, visit


Illini Media

buzz Magazine

Published online every day, buzz helps readers gear up for the weekend, with anything and everything that is entertainment in Champaign-Urbana. Students working for buzz get the chance to interview and photograph many of the area’s biggest names in entertainment. Students can work as writers, critics, photographers, designers and editors.

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The Daily Illini

The Daily Illini provides the campus community with its No. 1 source for news, sports, commentary and opinion in print twice a week and online. With its award-winning website, The Daily Illini covers campus 24/7. Students have the opportunity to gain experience through reporting, writing, editing and selling advertising with this campus publication.

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The Illio Yearbook, founded in 1894, is the official book of record for the University of Illinois. The Illio preserves campus life, history, and memories for thousands of students at the U of I each year. The Illio is an award-winning publication of more than 300 pages, jam-packed with photos and articles recording life at the University during that school year from a student perspective.

For more information, visit


WPGU is a student-run alternative rock station that broadcasts throughout the Champaign area. Every member of the WPGU staff is not only part of a well-respected radio station, but also part of a learning opportunity. WPGU creates highly marketable employees through comprehensive hands-on training.

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Other Organizations

Roger Ebert's Film Festival (Ebertfest)

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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Fighting Illini Productions

Fighting Illini Productions is the video team for the University’s Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. This group creates the content that runs on the big screens at Memorial Stadium during football games, and the State Farm Center during men’s and women’s basketball games. Fighting Illini Productions also produces a weekly television show, The Fighting Insider, highlight videos, music videos, marketing spots, and streams live events on and

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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. It includes WILL-AM 580, WILL-FM 90.9, WILL-FM 101.1, and WILL-TV.

For more information, visit


UI-7, the University of Illinois cable channel, features a wide variety of programs including weekly, live, 30-minute television and radio broadcasts that are produced, directed, and written by broadcast journalism students at Illinois.

For more information, visit