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Students in JOUR 460
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In JOUR 460: Extended Realities and Immersive Technologies, a new journalism course that launched last fall, students learned how new technologies can help solve real-world problems, as well as entertain others. Besides gaining an understanding of the history and application of virtual reality,… Read More
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Stu Werner (BS '85, journalism) has joined the Multiplatform Desk at the Washington Post after 18 years at the Chicago Tribune.
Niani Scott
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When Niani Scott, junior in journalism, saw some of her peers’ social media posts about the Forbes Under 30 Summit, the event piqued her interest: She’d have the opportunity to build upon her network, practice pitching skills, and learn from A-list guest speakers, such as professional athlete… Read More
Punkin Chunkin
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When Professor Charles “Stretch” Ledford first stumbled onto the idea, it seemed absurd: Punkin Chunkin.  “It was interesting to find a project that hit multiple areas,” Ledford said. “Agriculture, engineering, and economy—and sheer weirdness—were just perks.” He decided Punkin Chunkin would be… Read More
Air book cover
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Brian R. Bland (BS '63, journalism; MS '64, radio and TV) has been published in Air: A Radio Anthology, a collection of essays about the early days of radio. Bland's memoir recalls his first paid broadcast job at WLRW-FM in Champaign in 1963. Air was published in 2019 by the book division of… Read More
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