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“The Fugitive,” starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones, will open the 20th annual Roger Ebert Film Festival hosted by Chaz Ebert, coming April 18-22 to downtown Champaign. Roger Ebert called the film “one of the best entertainments of the year” when it opened 25 years ago, and its director, Andrew Davis, will be a festival guest. Also a guest at this year’s “Ebertfest” will be Ava DuVernay, the director of the Oscar-nominated “Selma” and of the newly released “A Wrinkle in Time.” She will...
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Lillian Barkley, a 2017 Dow Jones News Fund multiplatform editing intern at The New York Times, is the 14th Edward Trayes Scholar. She was selected by the professor who celebrated his 50th summer last year directing the training program at Temple University. Read the full story here.
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Congratulations to those selected as the inaugural recipients of the College of Media Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. In line with the campus awards structure, the College offered three awards—one to a graduate student, one to a specialized faculty member, and one to a tenure track faculty member. They are:     Stephanie Brown, ICR     Jean McDonald, Journalism     Brittany Duff, Advertising These nominations will be forwarded to the campus Teaching Advancement Board for...
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Illinois has selected 17 proposed projects to receive a total of more than $11 million with an aim to generate new sources of revenue. The new initiative, Investment for Growth, is an effort to develop sustainable budget models that create alternative and additional sources of revenue and allow the university to deliver on its academic missions. The College of Media is among the units receiving support. Read the full story...
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by Maureen O'Donnell, Chicago Sun Times In 23 years as a spokeswoman for American Airlines, Mary Frances Fagan handled questions about weather delays, bumpy landings, crashes, close calls, labor strikes and bankruptcy, not to mention an airport terminal with a flea infestation and the time a suitcase with a buzzing electric razor inside created a three-hour flight delay. Reporters respected her. She called them back promptly and was always available for a quote or a “live shot” on TV. She...

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