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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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U of I journalism students Alejandra Reyes Pena and Alyssa Rege have been selected for paid summer internships through the Multicultural Internship Program of the Illinois Broadcasters Association. The program competitively selects student applicants from universities across the state and places them at Illinois television and radio stations.  Pena will be at WMAQ TV/NBC 5/Telemundo in Chicago and Rege will be at WLS TV/ABC 7 in Chicago.

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