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Eric Meyer, associate professor in journalism, has been named one of six Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professors in Social Media for summer 2015. Meyer will spend two weeks at the Dallas Morning News learning how the paper uses social media across multiple platforms. He and other professors in the program will then bring what they've learned  back to their classrooms and their students.   A second phase of the program provides funds for a professional from the Morning News to visit our...
Chris Benson
Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime that Change America,” co-written by Associate Professor Chris Benson and the late Mamie Till-Mobley, tells the story of the life and death of Mrs. Mobley’s son, Emmett Till.  The Mississippi lynching of Till in 1955 has been considered the event that galvanized the Civil Rights Movement.   Among other honors, the book, released in 2003, won a Robert F. Kennedy...
Chris Benson
Associate Professor Chris Benson, received a 2014 Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club in the Online: Best Individual Blog category for the “Reasonable Doubt” column he writes for The Chicago Reporter. Chris’ columns deal with issues related to race, justice and the media. In particular, he wrote a series about Anthony Dansberry, who spent 20 years in prison on a murder charge before his sentence...
Steve Hall, Lecturer in Advertising for the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising at the University of Illinois, has been named the 2015 American Advertising Federation (AAF) Distinguished Advertising Educator. For the past 23 years, Steve Hall has inspired students, inside and outside of the classroom, as a professor and as the faculty advisor for the largest chapter in the AAF collegiate network. “Steve is tireless in his devotion to students,” said Dr. Jacquie Hitchon, head of the...
On Apr. 14, The National Association of Black Journalists Illinois chapter held their spring semester event: Breaking Brutality. The event addressed the controversial topic of police brutality, which has gained national attention due to incidents like Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, Martese Johnson, Eric Garner and most recently Walter Scott. Police brutality has been a topic in the news for months now, and continues to be due to the constant occurrence of incidents. The rapid cycle of police brutality...

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