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By Gail M. Ferguson and Michelle R. Nelson  The small island nation of Jamaica generally conjures up images of beaches, reggae, Usain Bolt. Also Pepsi and KFC? The spread of global media and brands, particularly those from the U.S., and their influence on the lifestyles and food choices of families in Jamaica, led us to create the J(amaican) US (U.S.) Media? Programme in collaboration with Julie Meeks, Professor of Child Development and Nutrition at the University of West Indies (UWI) Open...
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Ben Holden, teaching assistant professor in journalism, was recently quoted by and published an article on “Journal-isms”, the leading news column on diversity issues in the news media. Holden was quoted in an article on the lack of inclusion in discussions of the free press. His featured post, “Trump’s Press Polemic Undermines More Than We Think,” can be...
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The Daily Illini won first place for “General Excellence” and “Online News Website” at the Illinois College Press Association award ceremony in Chicago on Saturday, Feb. 18. Staff members also placed in other categories. Read the full story here
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A group of U of I journalism students is headed to New York City over spring break in 2017 to visit about a dozen media outlets to learn about career and internship opportunities. The students will be meeting with influential media leaders at each stop and with U of I alumni who work at those outlets. The trip will be held March 22-24, 2017. Journalism students have been going to New York for about ten years under the leadership of faculty member Lynn Holley. She has taken previous students to...
Assistant Journalism Professor Charles “Stretch” Ledford is in Uganda on assignment for Special Olympics International in cooperation with the University of Miami School of Communication. Professor Rich Beckman, director of Miami's Graduate Program for Journalism and Media Management, asked Ledford to accompany and mentor graduate student Emmy Petit-Frere in the production of a video showcasing Special Olympics Uganda’s work with intellectually disabled individuals. Ledford has worked as a...

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