Admitted Journalism Students

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The Department of Journalism will be hosting a variety of sessions designed to help admitted freshmen get to know more about their major, their faculty, and opportunities to get involved upon arriving on campus in August. Sessions will be attended by a variety of faculty members and will be offered throughout the week.

Current session information is reflected in the table below. Please continue to check this page for any changes to meeting times. Zoom meeting information for these events will be sent to students admitted into the journalism department who register for Mediapalooza in the weeks leading up to the event.

SCHEDULE OF JOURNALISM EVENTS

Monday,
March 29
Tuesday,
March 30
Wednesday,
March 31
Friday,
April 2
11am CST:
Good Morning Illini: Mediapalooza Kick-Off
   

11am CST:
Good Morning Illini Live Session

4:15pm CST:
Major Overview and Q&A with the Department Head
3pm CST:
CU-Citizen Access Session
3pm CST:
AR and VR in Journalism

 

5pm CST:
Journalism Professional Student Organization Panel
6pm CST:
Sport Media Student Panel
4pm CST:
JOUR 200 Intro to Journalism
 
7pm CST:
UI7 News: Live Mediapalooza special featuring stories of 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) 

 

 

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Good Morning Illini: Mediapalooza Kick-Off

March 29, 11am
Good Morning Illini is the first morning show at the University of Illinois. Freshmen through seniors get involved in all facets of this live twice-a-week production. Monday’s live half-hour Mediapalooza special will highlight classes, students, programs, and professors in the College of Media. Get an in-depth look at Advertising, Journalism, and Media & Cinema Studies, all wrapped up in one half-hour. A more traditional weekly show will air Friday morning. If you miss the live events, they are available on YouTube @goodmorningillini.

Watch the recording:

Major Overview and Q&A with the Department Head

March 29, 4:15pm
The Department of Journalism offers both the one-on-one mentoring of a small department and the resources and opportunities of a large research university. Join Professor Stephanie Craft, head of Journalism, to hear more about the journalism major and the opportunities for you to practice and hone your journalistic skills here at Illinois. 

Journalism Professional Student Organization Panel

March 29, 5pm
Getting involved in student activities is an important part of your collegiate experience. Taking part in Media-related groups not only helps you network with your fellow students, but helps you develop skills that will be beneficial in future internships and careers. Join student representatives from the four professional Journalism Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) as they talk about the activities that their members participate in throughout the year.

UI7 News: Live Mediapalooza Special

March 29, 7pm
UI7 Live is the department’s flagship show and award-winning newscast. These half-hour newscasts are entirely student-run. They are produced, anchored, and reported by our seniors in the Journalism major. Tune in tonight to watch the live Mediapalooza special or again as it re-airs on Wednesday at 7pm. You can always find past newscasts and stories on YouTube @ui7live.

CU-Citizen Access Session

March 30, 3pm
CU-Citizen Access is an award-winning online newsroom that publishes watchdog and community news stories produced by students, alumni, and area journalists. The group collaborates with Illinois Public Media and its work is often republished and carried by other newsrooms in the region. Many stories are data-driven and use data visual and other cutting-edge techniques. This live session with Professor Brant Houston will show off some of the group’s best stories and explain how they were done. Students will learn how they can get involved and start building their portfolios for internships and jobs.

Sport Media Student Panel

March 30, 6pm
Hear from Journalism students who will share the ways they get involved in sport media on campus.

Illini Sports Night: NCAA Tournament Special

March 30, 9pm
Tune in for all the news you need to know about the NCAA Tournament—and the surprising end to the Illini season—straight from our Illini Sports Night correspondents. Watch live or catch the episode on your own on YouTube @illinisportsnight.

AR and VR in Journalism

March 31, 3pm
Professor Christopher Ball teaches augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) within the Department of Journalism. Join him for a discussion about these cutting-edge emerging technologies that are poised to change the media landscape forever. In particular, he will give a brief overview of immersive VR journalism and how you can harness VR to tell stories in new and powerful ways. Participants will also have an opportunity to try out some of the exciting AR/VR projects that students created while taking his class, such as 360-degree videos.  

Watch the recording.

JOUR 200 Intro to Journalism

March 31, 4pm
JOUR 200 is the first class journalism majors take. In this course, students meet with other entering journalism majors to not only learn about the profession but to produce their first multimedia news stories. Students who put in the effort can find their classwork published in local media, both student-run and professional: print, online, radio and TV. This session, led by Professor Chris Evans, will explore the course and allow participants to meet with current freshmen to learn about their experiences in JOUR 200 this past academic year. Professor Evans is a clinical assistant professor in the journalism department and director of the student newsroom at Illinois Public Media, across campus.

The Frank Center Presents: A Conversation about Media Leadership and Innovation

March 31, 7pm
Join us for the kick-off event celebrating the Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media! Leslie Frank, an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, hosts a conversation about media leadership and innovation with Peter Alexander, chief White House correspondent for NBC News, and Judy Hsu, ABC 7 Chicago anchor and Media alumna (BS '93, journalism), with time at the end for an interactive Q/A. Learn more.

Watch the recording:

Good Morning Illini Live Session

April 2, 11am
Join Good Morning Illini this morning to see what a traditional broadcast looks like.

Learn more: