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  • Hannah Gettleman 12 JOURN
    Hannah Gettleman was a featured contributor in "University Chic's Diploma Diaries: The Post-Grad's Guide to Work, Love, and Everything in Between." The book features Chicken Soup for the Soul-type stories from post-graduate women from around the country. Learn more here:
  • Eda Derhemi 03 PhD Communications
    Dr. Eda Derhemi has just been awarded a Core Fulbright Scholar's award for research and teaching in communication in Albania for Spring 2014. She will be teaching a course in "Language, Media and propaganda" at the University Marin Barleti in Tirana, and will conduct fieldwork on critical discourse analysis of official love songs during the last decades of the communist era.
  • 5/2/2013
    Chicago radio icon, Jim Johnson of WLS-AM, is retiring after 45 years on the radio.
  • Naomi Bata '98 ADV

    archer>malmo, the Mid-Souths leading marketing communications agency, today announced that veteran public relations professional Naomi Bata has joined the team as chief public relations officer. Bata brings more than 15 years of communications experience across consumer, corporate and health care sectors. She will report to Russ Williams, the agencys CEO.

    Bata will oversee the public relations and experiential marketing divisions, which offer public relations and communications services to a diverse roster of national and Memphis-based clients. These services include strategic national and trade media relations, social media monitoring and outreach, issues management support, and large-scale experiential marketing.

    Read the full release here.

  • 4/15/2013
    Starr pens column for Huffington Post.
  • Will Leitch 97 JOURN
    Leitch is joining the staff of Sports On Earth full-time, as a lead writer for the site. He has been writing for the site part-time since it launched last fall, but will now be there every day. On his website Leitch said Im basically gonna be writing about everything, traveling all over the place, serving as the face (or one of the faces, anyway) of the site. I will also be hosting a daily podcast and will occasionally contribute for, and certain columns will also be running in USA Today. His first day will be April 15.
  • Landon Cassman '10 JOURN, '11 MS
    Landon Cassman is moving to a new job at WVIK (NPR) radio in the Quad Cities. He has been a multimedia journalist at WIFR-TV in Rockford. Jay Pearce, formerly with IPM, is the general manager at WVIK radio, located on Augustana Colleges campus. Landon says the radio reporting job at WVIK is a six-month fellowship, but he hopes it will turn into a permanent position.
  • 1/18/2013
    Springfield area wedding and freelance photographer Steve Warmowski was one of approximately 100 of the worlds leading photographers in over 30 countries to take part in the recently-released book The Human Face of Big Data.
  • Tori Bokios '12 JOURN
    Bokios, a December '12 graduate in Broadcast Journalism, has accepted a position as morning producer at WICD-TV in Champaign.
  • Beth Finke 81 JOURN
    Beth Finke has received the Creative Access fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. The fellowship provides registration, room, board and studio space for a four-week stay at the Vermont Studio for the Arts along with a stipend for travel. Finke is the author of two books, a memoir called "Long Time, No See" (University of Illinois Press, 2003) and a children's book called "Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound" (Blue Marlin Publications, 2007). She plans to use the fellowship to continue work on a book about the memoir classes she teaches for senior citizens. The Vermont Studio Center residency offers a supportive atmosphere for intensive work, the camaraderie of fellow artists and writers, access to the visiting artists' and writers' lectures, and optional feedback with a conference or studio visit.

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