Virtual Mediapalooza 2021

Congratulations on your admission into the College of Media! We look forward to meeting you at our weeklong virtual Mediapalooza event (March 29–April 2, 2021).

About Mediapalooza

This virtual event provides opportunities for admitted Media freshmen to participate in a variety of engaging activities related to their major throughout the week. Students will have the opportunity to meet some of their faculty, new classmates, and current Media students. Student organizations will also be introduced throughout the week. Through a series of panels, workshops, and discussion activities, admitted freshmen will learn more about their curriculum, getting involved in student media, and what it means to be a Media student at Illinois. Mediapalooza is the BEST way to decide that Illinois is the place for you!

Watch this special Good Morning Illini broadcast produced by Media students! You'll see some renovated classrooms in Gregory Hall as well as the Richmond Studio broadcast facility; learn about the new CS+Advertising major; hear from Roger Ebert Fellows and their mentor, film critic Michael Phillips; learn about the student-produced UIUC Film Festival; hear from faculty members Alison Davis (Emmy Award-winning journalism lecturer) and Jay Rosenstein (Peabody Award-winning media and cinema studies professor) about their documentary filmmaking courses; get to know advertising assistant professor Jacob Fisher; hear advice from famous Media alum Sean Evans, host of the celebrity hot wings/talk show Hot Ones; learn about student access to Illinois Public Media (WILL-AM-FM-TV); get to know Leon Dash (Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism professor and co-founder of NABJ); and learn about Illini Sports Night.

Schedule of College-Wide Events

March 29
March 30
March 31
April 1
April 2
11am CST:
Good Morning Illini Mediapalooza kick-off
      11am CST:
Good Morning Illini live session

4pm CST:
Interactive student project: Nobody Can Stop You

  3pm CST:
Nobody Can Stop You editing session
5:30pm CST:
One-on-one conversations with current College of Media students
3pm CST:
Screening of Nobody Can Stop You
7pm CST:
UI7 News will be live with a Mediapalooza Special featuring stories on all three College of Media departments
9pm CST:
Illini Sports Night: NCAA Tournament special
7pm CST:
The Frank Center Presents: A Conversation about Media Leadership and Innovation with Leslie Frank, Peter Alexander (NBC News), and Judy Hsu (ABC 7 Chicago) 
6pm CST:
College of Media young alumni panel

We also have a schedule of events for each major:


Watch our College of Media young alumni panel:


Additional college-wide activities for our admitted freshmen include:


Explore these resources


If you have questions, please contact:
Student Services Center
College of Media at Illinois
217-244-4329 |