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Chicago Reader
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Charlie Meyerson's (BS '77, MS '78, journalism) less-than-three-years-old free email news briefing, "Chicago Public Square," was named Chicago's best blog in the Chicago Reader's Best of Chicago poll. More than 30,000 people voted in more than 300 categories of the poll. Winners will be honored at… Read More
Taylor Rooks
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Illinois alumna Taylor Rooks is only five years out from graduation, but has already landed her own Bleacher Report web series, Take It There with Taylor Rooks. While at Illinois, Rooks covered nearly every football and basketball game. She came back to campus for Homecoming—but this time as a… Read More
Soula Motamed
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For the first time in FIFA Women’s World Cup history, each city had its own public fan movement.   FIFA sent out a blast on Twitter looking for the perfect fan to follow the teams around Europe and capture what it’s like to be in the stands. College of Media junior Soula Motamed saw FIFA’s… Read More
Emmy
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Alison Davis Wood (BS '91, MS '11, journalism) won a National Academy of Televisions Arts and Sciences Mid-America Emmy in the arts/entertainment program feature/segment for "Illinois Artists: Endalyn Taylor," produced for the Big Ten Network. The team that worked on the video included producers… Read More
Mario Parker
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Mario Parker (MS '06, journalism), a reporter for Bloomberg in Chicago, is moving to the Washington bureau to begin covering the White House. He has been writing about agriculture, energy, finance, and wide-ranging general breaking news across the U.S. Midwest.
Mariam Sobh
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Generations of comics have used stand-up to educate the broader society about their culture or ethnic group. Now, Ms. Mariam Sobh, a radio anchor whose mother is from the Midwest and father is Lebanese, is part of a growing wave of performers across the U.S. using comedy to puncture stereotypes… Read More
Herman and President Carter
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Christine Herman talks with former President Jimmy Carter. (Photo by Michael Schwarz.)  Illinois Public Media reporter Christine Herman (MS ’14, journalism) wrapped up her 2018-19 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism fellowship year in Atlanta in September. She had the honor of presenting her… Read More
Paul Ingrassia
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Former Reuters Managing Editor Paul Ingrassia (BS '72, journalism) has passed away after battling cancer. He was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of many articles and books on the auto industry. Click here to read Reuters' tribute.
Darlas
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Congratulations to Andrea Darlas (BS '94, journalism) for being inducted into WGN's 2019 Walk of Fame. Darlas, who works at the University of Illinois as senior director of constituent engagement, spent more than 21 years at WGN Radio as a news anchor, reporter, and show host.  Hear audio and… Read More
Leon Dash and Metro 7 inducted into NABJ Hall of Fame
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(Photo by the National Association of Black Journalists. Swanlund Chair Professor of Journalism Leon DeCosta Dash is pictured fourth from left.)  In 1972, seven black reporters from The Washington Post metropolitan desk took a stand for equality in the newsroom—becoming the first to challenge a… Read More
Choropleth map by Margaret Ng
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Which countries are similar in their web use patterns? What are the peer-to-peer dynamics among elite journalists in Washington, D.C.? The findings to such data-driven questions can be demonstrated visually, with the emerging field of data visualization. In fact, Yee Man Margaret Ng, assistant… Read More
Sean Neumann
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Sean Neumann, a journalism alumnus from the University of Illinois, hosted a special edition of WILL's The 21st: The Ellnora Guitar Festival on Friday morning at the University of Illinois' Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Neumann is a journalist, musician, and the former producer of The… Read More
Matt Brickman
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Matt Brickman, who started at the CBS affiliate WCCO in 2011, announced that he's leaving the Twin Cities to become a meteorologist at WNBC in New York, the largest TV market in the country. Brickman studied journalism (BS '07) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "The opportunity… Read More
Gwen Pepin
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Gwen Pepin, a 2018 journalism graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been selected for the 2019 ProPublica Data Institute. Pepin is a workshop facilitator, reporter, and social media manager for the Westside Media Project, a Chicago-based nonprofit that teaches civic… Read More
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NPR and Edison Research has issued its third annual Smart Audio Report tracking smart speaker user behavior and perceptions. The study of the 18+ smart speaker owners says that seven in 10 of the owners use their devices daily despite common concerns around security and privacy. “We continue to see… Read More
Journalism alumna Abby Baric
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Congratulations to IES Abroad senior communications manager Abby (Wilson) Baric (BS '10, journalism) for being named one of Publicity Club of Chicago's 30 Under 30, a prestigious award that's designed to recognize the young rock stars of the public relations industry.  Since joining IES Abroad… Read More
Journalism alum Justin Breen
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Alumnus Justin Breen (BS '99, journalism), the founder/CEO of BrEpic Communications LLC, won a Golden Trumpet award from the Publicity Club of Chicago at the 60th annual Golden Trumpet Awards competition on June 6. The competition, held at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton, featured entries from the… Read More
Sean Evans
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Illinois alumnus Sean Evans is the host of the viral celebrity interview show Hot Ones, with 5.9 million subscribers and counting. It also could be argued that he's a professional consumer of violently spicy chicken wings, which isn't at all what he expected to do with his broadcast journalism… Read More
Dow Jones intern chart
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Five Department of Journalism students have earned Dow Jones News Fund internships for the coming summer. Dow awarded 79 paid internships in data, digital and business journalism, as well as multiplatform editing, at news organizations across the country this summer.  Interns attend one-week… Read More
Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton with students and staff
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The College of Media welcomed back alumna Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton (BS '87, broadcast journalism) on April 25. She visited a journalism class taught by lecturer John Paul, whose class she took in 1985. Journalism students Elizabeth Sayasane (left) and Riley McNulty (right)… Read More