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Corinne Ruff, a 2015 alumna of the University of Illinois College of Media, has won the 2016 David W. Miller Award for Young Journalists, which The Chronicle confers on one of its interns from the preceding year. The award, which carries a $3,000 prize, is based on three articles submitted by each intern and judged by a committee of Chronicle editors and reporters. This year, members of the Miller Award Committee agreed, was a particularly "tough vote," as several interns submitted strong...
College of Media students received a 2016 Crystal Pillar Award for best college newscast in the Mid-America region. The Crystal Pillar is NATAS’ highest award for high school and college student television productions. Read the story here.
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By Ros Dumlao “Why are you stressed? Don’t be stressed. You’re at the Paralympic Games!” I needed that reality check. I was sitting at a Wi-Fi haven in the Athletes’ Village, typing a story under deadline. My co-worker was sitting across from me, talking, talking, talking. I snapped back: “I know.” But as much as I didn’t want to admit it, he was right. Why was I acting like I didn’t want to be in Rio? I was living my dream. Four years ago, I sat in front of my laptop and got chills watching...
The College of Media is hosting a free film screening of "Voices of Stagg" on Nov. 1 at the Art Theater in downtown Champaign. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the film begins at 7:30. A panel discussion will follow. "Voices of Stagg" is a documentary about how one high school turned a tragedy into a lesson on empathy.  An unprecedented classroom experience serves as the backdrop for “Voices of Stagg,” a touching and brave look at one school’s journey to use storytelling to build a more empathetic high...
Courtney Klemm Westlake '06 JOURN, has published her first book, "A Different Beautiful." When Westlake’s family was given the shocking news that their daughter, Brenna, was born in 2011 with a severe, life-threatening skin disorder, they began to discover a new and different kind of beautiful in their lives – one that values extraordinary differences and appreciates the wonderful sameness found in our humanity. In her book "A Different Beautiful," Westlake shares how we can all learn to find...

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