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- Alecia Swasy, the Sleeman Scholar of Buseinss Journalsim and Professor in the College of Media, will be presenting a paper, Fry Cook at the Waffle House: How the Boundaries Inside U.S. Newspapers are Shifting in a Digital Age, at a conference in October.
- Professor Lulu Rodriguez, director of the Agricultural Communications Program at the University of Illinois, earned international recognition recently for her teaching skills and contributions.
- Jessica Hogue, Director of Career Services in the College of Media, has received the Outstanding New Career Services Professional Award from the Hire Big10+ Consortium.
- Eric Meyer, associate professor in journalism, has been named one of six Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professors in Social Media for summer 2015.
- Associate Professor Chris Benson, received a 2014 Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club in the Online: Best Individual Blog category for the “Reasonable Doubt” column he writes for The Chicago Reporter.
- The Dow Jones News Fund announced the names of students who received internships for copy editing, sports copy editing, business editing and digital editing.
- The Lawrence W. Murphy/William W. Alfeld Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha held its spring induction ceremony.
- University of Illinois students won six awards, including four first places, in this year's Students in the Illinois News Broadcasters Association's S-INBA Awards.
- On Apr. 14, The National Association of Black Journalists Illinois chapter held their spring semester event: Breaking Brutality.
- Two journalism students in the College of Media have received internships through the Illinois Broadcasters Association.
- Jennifer Follis and Alicia Kozma have both been recognized with the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.
- University of Illinois students won five awards in this year’s Society of Professional Journalists Region 5 Mark of Excellence competition.
- For the first time, four locations in Chicago are visited
- Come join us for a viewing of the award-winning documentary by Jay Rosenstein, "In Whose Honor," which explores the role of Chief Illiniwek in University of Illinois sports.
- Rachel Otwell with WUIS 91.9 talks with Professor Matthew Ehrlich.
- For the first time in the newly established chapter’s history, the Illinois Public Relations Student Society of America competed in the national PRSSA Bateman Case Study Competition.
- A raucous audience of students, faculty and community members enjoyed an entertaining and enlightening evening at Spurlock Museum.
- “Holocaust and Memory: The Power of the Intimate Story in Our Search for Meaning”
- Two University of Illinois alumni have received The George Polk Award for Local Reporting.
- On January 13, 2015, College of Media Career Services hosted an event in Chicago - Connecting Students & Alumni in the Windy City. The day was filled with panel discussions and advice on careers, networking and more.
- The cute cat video seems to be everywhere online, and it’s become a handy epithet for everything that journalism should not be. So what should we make of the fact that The New York Times, that paragon of journalism, has written a lot about cats over 140 years?
- The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its 11th annual class of ACC Women's Basketball Legends presented by New York Life. Dr. Janice Collins, Assistant Professor of Journalism, is among the honorees.
- Dr. Janice Collins, Assistant Professor of Journalism, will present her paper, From the Classroom to the Newsroom: Are we training them to be Leaders, at the Broadcast Education Association Convention in April.
- Jay Rosenstein's documentary about American Indian sports mascots, "In Whose Honor?”, is currently being featured on the website of legendary American journalist Bill Moyers.
- The man who steered NPR through its worst financial crisis has died. Former WILL General Manager and NPR board chair Donald Mullally led a restructuring of the public radio system and helped build the modern NPR.
- Ten University of Illinois undergraduates have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad in the spring semester.
- The ongoing debate over the Washington NFL team’s name has sparked dramatic nationwide interest in the 1997 documentary “In Whose Honor?” The documentary – written, produced, directed, and edited by Professor Jay Rosenstein – takes a critical look at the long-running practice of "honoring" Native American Indians by using them as mascots and nicknames in sports.
- The Everlasting Stream, the Emmy award-winning KET documentary based on University of Illinois journalism professor Walt Harrington’s 2002 memoir of the same name, will air on KET with a new epilogue, updating viewers on what’s happened in the lives of the film’s beloved protagonists. The Everlasting Stream airs Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 9/8 pm on KET.
- Sarah Foster, a freshman in journalism, has received the Chicago Journalists Association 2014 Charitable Fund Scholarship.
- Assistant Professor of Journalism, Charles “Stretch” Ledford, was quoted in a story by WSIL about the Tombstone Gun Range in Williamson County, Illinois.
- Congratulations to the College of Media students selected for the 2014 Homecoming Court.
- Associate Dean Julian Parrott and academic advisor Trent Nelson presented a poster session on their recent research study at the National Academic Advising Association’s National Conference in Minneapolis.
- Professor Jay Rosenstein and his seminal documentary about American Indian sports mascots "In Whose Honor?" are featured in a new book, "Native Americans On Film: Conversations, Teaching, and Theory."
- University of Illinois broadcast journalism students won four Student Silver Dome Awards at the Illinois Broadcasters Association's student conference.
- As part of the Homecoming 2014 celebrations the College of Media will welcome back two alumni as official Illini Comebacks guests.
- Professor Jay Rosenstein's groundbreaking 1997 documentary "In Whose Honor?" will be the center of offensive team nickname events at the University of Minnesota.
- University of Illinois broadcast journalism students received a 2014 Crystal Pillar Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-America region at the Mid-America Gala held September 27, 2014 in Kansas City.
- The Globe and Mail, Canada’s “newspaper of record,” has published a multimedia story produced by College of Media Journalism student Anna Hecht.
- Assistant Professor of Journalism Charles Ledford led a class that created the mobile app "Virtual Dugout,”which allows fans to follow the university’s baseball team.
- As part of our public engagement mission, the College of Media hosts the Illinois Journalism Education Association fall conference.
- Dr. Alecia Swasy has joined the College of Media journalism faculty as professor and the Tom and June Netzel Sleeman Scholar in Business Journalism. Swasy has a journalism degree from Pennsylvania State University, and an M.A. in Journalism and Ph.D. in Journalism Studies from the University of Missouri.
- Prof. Benson comments on the coverage of the Aug. 9, shooting of African-American teenager, Michael Brown, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
- The 17th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival has received a 2015 grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The festival, also known as “Ebertfest,” received the grant during a star-studded HFPA grants dinner banquet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Aug. 14. Chaz Ebert accepted the grant on behalf of the festival.
- The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) is a nonprofit, educational association of journalism and mass communication educators, students and media professionals. The annual conference, held this year in Montréal, will feature a number of papers and discussion with College of Media professors and students.
- Benjamin A. Holden has joined the College of Media journalism faculty as a Teaching Assistant Professor.
- Dr. Mira Sotirovic, associate professor of journalism in the College of Media at the University of Illinois, has been appointed the first Karin and Folke Dovring Scholar in Propaganda in the Department of Journalism.
- The College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and WTVP, Public Media for Central Illinois, announce today that Maurice “Moss” Bresnahan will join the teams at WILL and WTVP. He will serve as President and CEO of both entities starting in September, 2014.
- Christopher Benson, associate professor of journalism, recently delivered a talk at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism on media responsibility in the coverage of the civil rights movement.
- Jeremy Hobson, former WILL staffer and current co-host of WBUR/NPR’s Boston-based weekday news program Here & Now, returns to Urbana to live host the program from WILL’s studios at Campbell Hall for Public Telecommunication on Monday, July 14.
- “Virtual Dugout,” the first mobile app created by the College of Media, is the national winner of the 2014 "Associated Press Media Editors' Student Innovator of the Year" competition. It also tied for third place in the 2014 "Best of the Web - Mobile App" competition sponsored by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
- Brant Houston, Professor and Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting, was elected to the newly-created board of directors of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.
- Dr. Jan Slater, Dean of the College of Media, has been elected Vice President of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication.
- Visiting campus this summer? Be sure to check on campus construction first!
- Journalism Professor Jay Rosenstein was recognized at this year's Native American Honoring Ceremony for his long-time support of Native American students, faculty, & staff.
- University of Illinois broadcast journalism students have won a 2014 Crystal Pillar Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-America region for the best college student TV newscast. The students won for the November 19, 2013 edition of UI-7 News, which among other things, extensively covered the Gifford, IL tornado.
- Jamal Collier ’14 JOURN has been accepted into the New York Times Student Journalism Institute for 2014.
- JOURN Professor Jay Rosenstein’s award-winning documentary “In Whose Honor?” will screen at the University of Chicago on Monday, May 12 at 6:00 pm.
- Kappa Tau Alpha, the National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communication welcomed 14 Advertising, Agricultural Communications, and Journalism students as new initiates at an April 30 event.
- Two College of Media academic advisors were recently recognized by the University of Illinois Academic Advising Community for their work.
- Journalism Professor Charles Ledford will present his interactive multimedia project, “Overtown: Inside/Out” at the University of Oregon’s “What Is Documentary?” conference in Portland on Friday, April 25.
- Illinois Public Media News reports, including breaking news coverage of the Gifford tornado, won regional Edward R. Murrow awards in two categories, and CU-CitizenAccess won for a story produced in cooperation with WILL on the resurgence of meth in central Illinois.
- Chaz Ebert and festival director Nate Kohn announced today the list of panel discussions that will take place at the 16th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival Hosted by Chaz Ebert, frequently known as ‘Ebertfest,’ running April 23-27 in Champaign-Urbana.
- Academic advisor Barbara Anderson has been awarded the Certificate of Merit of the Outstanding New Advising Award - Primary Advising Role by the National Academic Advising Association.
- University of Illinois students won eight awards, including two first places, in this year’s SINBA (Students in Illinois News Broadcasters Association) competition.
- University of Illinois students won nine awards, including six first places, in this year’s Society of Professional Journalists Region 5 Mark of Excellence competition.
- Alexis Rosado is graduating in Broadcast Journalism with a specialization in Political Science and Philosophy.
- Media University – a two-week overnight summer camp for high school students – will be offered this year June 16 – 27.
- JOURN Professor Jay Rosenstein's 1997 documentary about Native American mascots, "In Whose Honor?" is screening Tuesday at the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville.
- Somewhere between the glittering skyscraper offices of Fast Company and the boho chic cobble stone paths of Soho we all fell in love again – with journalism.
- The Society of Publication Designers has named AARP Bulletin's "Your World: The March Then and Now" as a 2014 Digital Medal Finalist in the Tablet: Video/Series category. The feature was published on the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.
- Journalism Professor Jay Rosenstein will be a featured speaker at the third annual FreeThought Festival, April 11, 12 in Madison, WI.
- The University of Illinois and its media partner CU-CitizenAccess.org are one of a dozen U.S. universities who each won a $35,000 micro-grant to seed collaborative news experiments in living labs -- their communities, the Online News Association announced today.
- Andrea Darlas ’94 JOURN will be the featured speaker at the College of Media Convocation May 17, 2014.
- Journalism Associate Professor Christopher Benson has launched a new legal affairs blog with The Chicago Reporter, the award-winning investigative journal focusing on race and urban affairs.
- Journalism Assistant Professor Charles "Stretch" Ledford has been elected to the national Board of Directors of the American Society of Media Photographers, the premier trade association for the world's most respected photographers.
- University of Illinois students are finalists for nine regional news awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.
- AAAS was an experience that was both revealing and familiar. The interactions with science journalists, enthusiasts, and practitioners colored my experience.
- A number of College of Media professors have been name to the “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students” for the Fall 2013 semester.
- Journalism Associate Professor Christopher Benson recently delivered a lecture at the University of Chicago focusing on the transformation of Hyde Park from a once strictly segregated affluent resort community outside Chicago to the contemporary model of urban diversity.
- The College of Media hosted the 2014 Journalism Career Night on Feb. 13, 2014.
- Assistant Professor of Journalism Janice Collins worked with her students to produce a series of videos about Gullah culture.
- Jessica Leach, director of career services for the College of Media, was recently recognized by Eastern Illinois University with the College of Education and Professional Studies Alumni Rising Star Award
- Associate Professor Chris Benson has been named a winner of a Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
- Kartemquin Films, producers of the acclaimed documentary “Hoop Dreams” has included footage from Charles “Stretch” Ledford's multimedia project, “Overtown: Inside/Out” in the new release, “The Trials of Muhammad Ali.”
- Forty-six students from the College of Media have met the qualifications for membership in the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Phi Kappa Phi is the only national honor society that is fully multidisciplinary and that opens its membership to all branches of learning.
- Junior Johnathan Hettinger has been named one of the top 10 winners in sports writing in the 54th annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program.
- Brant Houston, journalism professor and Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting, served on the judging panel for the Selden Ring Award which is counted among the top awards in investigative journalism with a prize of $35,000.
- Many sports fans dream of going to the Super Bowl. Heather Pink ‘12 JOURN, covered the 2014 Super Bowl at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey as part of her job for www.nfl.com
- This week the Investigative Journalism Education Consortium begins a new initiative in bringing together journalism educators from throughout the world who teach investigative reporting.
- A blind journalist is seeking to “make a difference” from Chicago with a weekly radio program that explains in Spanish the new technologies available to help the disabled deal with daily life.
- Three U of I alumni – all currently working for NPR in Washington DC - returned to campus Feb. 3 to present the Harry J. Skornia Distinguished Lecture in Public Broadcasting.
- In light of the current discussions across campus—and the nation—regarding hateful expression, we believe it is imperative that the College of Media reaffirm our unwavering commitment to fostering an inclusive, multicultural, and hostility-free environment in our campus community.
- Associate Dean Julian Parrott recently presented on issues around academic advising to a high-level group of visiting deans and faculty, approximately 14 individuals from King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia.
- Roger Ebert, who was a Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic and journalist for the Chicago Sun-Times, as well as an influential and groundbreaking film critic on television, will be honored posthumously with the 2014 Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism.
- The new documentary “Life Itself,” about the life of Roger Ebert, will be one of the 12 films shown at this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” coming April 23-27 to Champaign and Urbana, Ill.
- Associate Dean of the College of Media and Associate Professor of Journalism Chris Benson recently delivered a talk on mass incarceration of African Americans at the DuSable Musuem of African American History in Chicago.
- Assistant Professor of Journalism, Janice Collins, was interviewed by WICD TV about her research and her trip to Africa.
- Journalism Professor Jay Rosenstein was quoted in a story about symbolism published by the National Post of Canada.
- Assistant Professor of Journalism, “Stretch” Ledford's commentary on ethics was published in the October issue of “News Photographer.”
- Professor Emeritus Steven Helle spoke at a symposium recently at Northern Illinois University on the Illinois Eavesdropping law and published an article on the subject.
- Assistant Professor of Journalism Charles “Stretch” Ledford’s story and photos of Washington, Ill, tornado survivor Jon Byler Dann finding his dog buried in the rubble of his family’s home has been picked up by news organizations and web sites around the world.
- The 6th annual conference of Arab investigative journalists will open in Amman December 6, bringing over 35 panels and trainings on covering human rights abuses, government policies, pollution, closed political groups, health care, education and off-shore fraud.
- Asst. Prof. Ledford captures the story of a heartwarming reunion.
- Journalism Professor Nancy Benson has been named to the J. William Fulbright Specialist Roster.
- Investigative reporting done in newsrooms staffed by faculty and students is on the rise at U.S. universities and is filling the gap created by deep cuts at traditional newsrooms says, Brant Houston, Professor and Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the College of Media.
- Journalism is often a deadline-driven job. Get the story; get it done. Learning to be a reporter means learning the nitty-gritty of covering cops and courts, fires and floods, city councils and school boards.
- The International Scholarship Review Committee in International Programs and Studies has awarded three College of Media students study abroad scholarships.
- JOURN Prof. Jay Rosenstein’s film “Amasong Chorus: Singing Out,” will be featured at Joliet Junior College’s first Fine Arts Department Film Festival.
- JOURN Professor Brant Houston, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting, helped to organize and was a presenter at the Global Instigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- JOURN Professor Jay Rosenstein was one of the featured speakers at the Freedom From Religion Foundation's annual convention.
- The College of Media seeks an outstanding scholar with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in research and teaching on digital media. This is a tenured 9-month academic year joint appointment that requires interdisciplinary collaboration as well as the ability to teach across two units – advertising and journalism.
- City on the Brink was a panel discussion hosted by the National Association of Black Journalists at the U of I. The discussion explored the issues surrounding the plague of inner city gun violence with particular focus on Chicago.
- The Champaign-based Shatterglass Studios won a regional Emmy Award for its "Ebertfest 2012" documentary. Three other nominees, all of whom work at the University of Illinois, also picked up regional Emmy awards on Saturday night at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Mid-America Chapter Emmy Gala in St. Louis.
- Thirty-two students from the College of Media have met the qualifications for membership in the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
- Join WILL at their new Community Cinema location at the Spurlock Museum for a free screening and discussion examining the roots of the Latino dropout crisis and efforts to turn it around.
- The Online News Association has announced finalists for the 2013 Online Journalism Awards.
- University of Illinois students and alumni won ten awards, including two first places, in this year's Illinois Broadcasters Association Student Silver Dome Awards.
- A number of College of Media professors have been name to the "Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students" for the Spring 2013 semester.
- Several current and previous students are finalists for the 2013 Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) Silver Dome Awards to be presented September 13 at IBA-University.
- Prairie Fruits Farm, a goat dairy, farmstead creamery, and fruit and vegetable farm in Champaign, Illinois, will host a very special fundraising dinner for Illinois Public Media at 3 PM on Sunday, September 15.
- he Middle East-based news network that many Americans have loved to hate is starting its own U.S.-based news channel. Al Jazeera America is scheduled to begin operations on Aug. 20, with bureaus in a dozen U.S. cities and experienced American journalists filling much of the staff. Why here and why now? And should people watch? Illinois journalism professor Nancy Benson has traveled the world training reporters in other countries and leading U. of I. students on foreign reporting trips. (One of her former students is the Chicago correspondent for the new channel.) She spoke with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.
- College of Media journalism lecturer John Paul has been named chair of the Education Committee on the NATAS Mid-America Emmys Chapter, headquartered in St. Louis.
- Three students from Nancy Benson's International Reporting class have been honored with a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Crystal Pillar Award for Long Form-Non-Fiction journalism for their report Illinois Travels to Turkey.
- On Aug. 5 came the news that the Washington Post was being sold to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. In an online column the next day for The Conversation website, journalism professor Brant Houston called the sale "perhaps the proverbial tipping point in U.S. print journalism," and possibly a signal of turnaround in the news industry. Others, however, have questioned Bezos' motives and raised concerns about the direction he might impose on the paper. Houston is the Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at Illinois, and has closely followed the digital transition - and digital missteps - of the news business. He talked with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.
- COLLISION 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America, was recently released by Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent at the Washington Post, and its former national editor, political editor, White House correspondent, and Southwest correspondent.
- Journalism Professor Jay Rosenstein has been appointed to the Center for Advanced Study (CAS).
- The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) is a nonprofit, educational association of journalism and mass communication educators, students and media professionals. The annual conference, held this year in Washington, D.C. will feature a number of papers and discussion with College of Media professors and students.
- The College of Media administers Media University in order to introduce high school students to the many facets of advertising, media and journalism as viable college major and career choices through hands-on learning activities.
- The Globe and Mail, Canada's "newspaper of record," has published Assistant Professor of Journalism Charles "Stretch" Ledford's multimedia production "Handguns and Humor in the Heartland: A Gun Rights Group's Unlikely Activism."
- The BBC, the world's largest broadcast network, is featuring Assistant Professor of Journalism Charles "Stretch" Ledford's award-winning multimedia production "The Eye of Overtown."
- Journalism professor Jay Rosenstein has been selected as a University Scholar for 2013.
- Dr. Jan Slater has agreed to serve as Dean of the College of Media through August 15, 2015.
- The Wisconsin legislature has included in its budget proposal a provision to separate the Center for Investigative Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Professor Brant Houston, Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting, is quoted in two articles on the situation.
- CU-CitizenAccess.org has won the 2012 Peter Lisagor Award for its collaborative project with Hoy Chicago looking at changing demographics and racial issues in Central Illinois.
- Assistant Professor Charles "Stretch" Ledford has been invited by the National Press Photographers Association to serve as a coach for the NPPA's 2013 Multimedia Immersion workshop in Syracuse, NY, May 13-18.
- Glenn Howatt, has won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting along with fellow reporters Brad Schrade and Jeremy Olson. They are with the Star-Tribune in Minneapolis, MN.
- Brant Houston, the Knight Chair Professor in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois College of Media joins the Focus broadcast to discuss issues in media coverage of the events.
- U of I broadcast students have won 13 awards (seven first places and six second places) in this year's Students in Illinois News Broadcasters Association (SINBA) Awards. The awards were announced and presented at the annual INBA spring conference.
- A new local WILL-TV special, Ebert Remembered, airing at 8 pm Thursday, April 18, will highlight excerpts of WILL-TV interviews with Roger Ebert in which he talks about his childhood in Urbana, his experience at the University of Illinois and his role as a movie critic.
- Investigative Reporters and Editors has named CU-CitizenAccess a 2012 Award winner in the small multiplatform category for its collaborative project with Hoy Chicago looking at changing demographics in Central Illinois.
- All of us at Ebertfest are very saddened by the news of our dear friend Rogers passing. He was a remarkable man who influenced journalists and film lovers the world over. The 15th annual Roger Eberts Film Festival will take place as scheduled April 17-21.
- Outstanding individual and group outreach efforts will be recognized April 30 with the 2013 Campus Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement.
- In just its first full year of operation, the publish.illinois.edu website service has led to the creation of more than 700 new campus websites and the number keeps rising.
- The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Mid-America announced today that actress Margaret Judson, one of the cast members of HBOs critically-acclaimed drama "The Newsroom," will host the 37th Annual EMMY Awards Gala.
- hree additional guests and the schedule of film-related panel discussions have been announced for the 15th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, also known as Ebertfest, taking place April 17-21 at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign and at the University of Illinois.
- Illini Media Company, the independent student media company at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has appointed new student managers to lead Illini Media.
- Terrence Malicks 1978 film "Days of Heaven" won an Oscar for best cinematography, and Roger Ebert likely found that no surprise. "It is above all one of the most beautiful films ever made," Ebert said in a 1997 review. So its only appropriate that the film will open the 15th annual Roger Eberts Film Festival on April 17 in the big-screen, newly renovated Virginia Theater in downtown Champaign.
- The Charla Krupp Endowed Scholarship for Internships in Journalism will allow the College of Media to honor Ms. Krupps life and legacy by providing funding for internships for future generations of talented journalism students at the University of Illinois.
- University of Illinois broadcast students are finalists for several awards from Student Illinois News Broadcasters Association (SINBA).
- On Tuesday March 12, Ryan Baker was honored as one of three Chicago Illini of the Year. Baker, a 1991 graduate of the College of Media, is a sports anchor and director at WBBM-TV in Chicago.
- University of Illinois journalism students are finalists for several regional news awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.
- To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in the case McCollum vs. Board of Education, the College of Media hosted a screening of the film "The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today." Ken Paulson participated in a panel discussion following the screening of the film and wrote about it for the First Amendment Center.
- In celebration of the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on McCollum vs. Board of Education, legendary journalist Bill Moyers is now streaming Professor Rosensteins documentary "The Lord is Not On Trial Here Today" on his website. Moyers has been a big supporter of the film: he used a clip in his last PBS program, and he named it to his list of "Ten Documentaries on Champions of Social Justice."
- Youre invited to join fellow alumni at the 17th annual Chicago Illini of the Year reception and dinner honoring the best of Chicago and the University of Illinois. There is still time to reserve your ticket!
- The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) presented Mark Leonard, general manager of Illinois Public Media, with the 2013 National Advocacy Award for his exceptional efforts in furthering public televisions legislative goals. The National Advocacy Award recognizes an individual who exemplifies effective advocacy on behalf of public television.
- Junior Nathaniel Lash has been awarded one of the first ever Google Journalism Fellowships.
- Clips from Professor Jay Rosenstein's Peabody Award-winning documentary "The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today" are scheduled to be broadcast as part of Bill Moyers' March 1st edition of "Moyers & Company," his weekly national PBS series.
- Congratulations, admitted students to the Class of 2017, on your admission to the University of Illinois! Many of you may have already signed, sealed and delivered your decision to join us on campus next fall.
- WILL-TV will broadcast special programing February 19 - 20 entitled After Newtown. The programs include a short video by Journalism Professor Charles Stretch Ledford that will run at 8:57 p.m. on February 19 between "Guns in America" and "Frontline: Raising Adam Lanza".
- Nina Totenberg, NPRs award-winning legal affairs correspondent and this years winner of the Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism will speak with Craig Cohen on Focus 580, Friday, February 8 at 10 am.
- Nathan Thompson, 06 BALAS, of Nashville has won six Emmy awards for his editing and videography at WTVF-TV in Nashville. The awards were presented January 26 at the Nashville chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Gala.
- Assistant Professor of Journalism Charles "Stretch" Ledford has been invited to speak at Mobile Development Day 2013 at the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign on Thursday, January 31.
- Anu Chadreasekhar's play "Disconnect" opens in Chicago January 25 at the Victory Gardens Theatre.
- Journalism professor Jay Rosenstein takes a look back at his Sundance Film Festival experience 12 years ago in this essay published by Smile Politely.
- Meet Carol Fisher Saller of the University of Chicago Press.
- Four Department of Journalism students will spend the summer as Dow Jones News Fund editing interns.
- Assistant Professor of Journalism Charles "Stretch" Ledford tackles the highly polarizing issue of firearms in American society in a short documentary called "Handguns and Humor in the Heartland: A Gun Rights Group's Unlikely Activism."
- On December 9, 53 College of Media students were honored during the December Graduation Reception.
- The 15th Annual Roger Eberts Film Festival has received a 2013 film festival grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The festival, also known as Ebertfest, will receive $20,000 to help pay costs associated with question and answer sessions and panel discussionsboth signature components of the festival.
- We seek an outstanding scholar, innovator, and teacher of digital, mobile or emerging media to join our faculty in the College of Media. This is a tenured 9-month academic year joint appointment where interdisciplinary work and collaboration are highly encouraged; ability to teach across two or more units in the College is required.
- The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) approved at its December board meeting the College of Medias application for a student chapter of the organization.
- The College of Media has received a grant from the Office of Public Engagement to support Media University, a new summer program for the College.
- Brant Houston, Knight Chair Professor in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting, will offer a webinar "The Elements of Investigative Journalism: Principles and Practicalities" Thursday, Nov. 29.
- A group of College of Media students recently attended a two-day media tour of Chicago.
- Rick Kaplan, the former CBS, ABC, CNN and MSNBC executive, has a new beat these days. Hes creating a new music news show for the Fuse Network.
- As part of the JOUR 445 (TV2) class, a team of twenty students produced six 10-minute blocks of live election coverage that ran on UI-7 cable Nov. 6.
- i-elect is a team of University of Illinois students in journalism and related fields who have been working all semester to cover the Nov. 6 election from a uniquely student perspective.
- Chris Benson, associate professor of journalism and associate dean of the College of Media, recently served as an expert in a New Jersey case of alleged racial harassment involving the display of a hangman's noose in the workplace.
- In September of 2012, the University of Illinois Archives officially acquired the personal papers of Harold (Hal) Robinson Bruno, Jr. (1928-2011), University alumnus (50), former political editor of Newsweek (1960-1978), and former political director of ABC News from 1978 to 1997.
- IElect is a multimedia election project designed to help students experience the excitement of a presidential election year while also learning cutting-edge techniques in multimedia journalism.
- Some students are doing more than just checking a box or pushing a button this election season.
- Congratulations to College of Media students on the 2012 Homecoming Court.
- A special project on the flourishing and growing diversity in Central Illinois published in two newspaper sections in The News-Gazette on Friday, October 19.
- Journalism Professor Walt Harrington has edited a new book that is now available.
- Those wanting to take in all of the next Roger Eberts Film Festival, or Ebertfest, can purchase festival passes starting Nov. 1.
- Todd C. Frankel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch will give a talk on How to Be a Journalist AND a Writer" on October 25 at noon in Gregory Hall room 217. His visit is supported by the Stevick Foundation.
- Journalism professor, Brant Houston, Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting, was interviewed recently regarding the state of investigative reporting.
- Luke Sullivan presents "Leveraging Cultural Tensions to Spark Creativity" Monday, October 8, 5:00 pm in 66 Library. The presentation will be followed by a book signing. Everyone is welcome!
- The National Association of Black Journalists Illinois Chapter Whats Black in the News event on September 26 drew a diverse crowd from campus and the community.
- NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, honored over decades for both her explanatory reporting and major stories on the U.S. Supreme Court and its nominees, will be the 2012 recipient of the Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism.
- With the 77th Annual Foundation Meeting & Weekend kicking off in just a few days, we wanted to send a friendly reminder. In case you find yourself unable to join us in person during this Fridays Business Meeting (from 911am in Krannert Center), be sure to join us via webcast.
- Assistant Professor of Journalism Charles Stretch Ledford was named a Finalist in the Moving Images category of the 2012 International Photography Awards for his winning entry "The Eye Of Overtown," and an Honorable Mention for the entry Tuesdays Mean Fish. Ledford now competes for the title of Moving Image Photographer of the Year, to be announced at the Tenth Annual Lucie Awards at the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom in Los Angeles on October 8, 2012.
- Prof. Jay Rosenstein's award winning documentary, The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today, will show at The Art Theatre in downtown Champaign Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7:00 pm.
- There is so much good news to share about the College! Join us for the Chicago Alumni Reunion, Oct. 18.
- The wheelchair racer Joshua George, at his third Paralympic Games, says he is already looking forward to the memories he will make.
- Mark Leonard, General Manager of WILL Radio, TV and Online, has been named to the board of the Public Media Business Association (PMBA) the national organization for business, management and financial issues of public media.
- College of Media will be tailgating and alumni are invited! We will have a small tent in Lot 32 just west of the Assembly Hall. If youre back for a football game be sure to stop by, have a snack and hear about whats happening in the College of Media.
- Journalism Professor Matthew Ehrlich's book Radio Utopia: Postwar Audio Documentary in the Public Interest has been named the winner of the Tankard Book Award competition.
- Construction in Gregory Hall this summer will temporarily relocate some faculty and staff. Before you visit someone at Gregory Hall, please contact him or her by phone or e-mail to determine his or her location. Thanks!
- The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) will hold its annual conference August 8 12 in Chicago. The College of Media is well represented by faculty and graduate students participating through the presentation of papers, panel discussions and more.
- Journalism Prof. Charles "Stretch" Ledford, has posted a new column "Why The Times-Picayune should invest in kiosks for New Orleans"
- Megan Grapham's recent column "Tours Give a Taste of Istanbul, and Beyond" was published on nytimes.com and in the print version of The International Herald Tribune.
- Journalism Prof. Charles Stretch Ledford has been invited to present "Overtown: Inside/Out" at the 2012 International Visual Sociology Association conference "Revisualizing the CIty" at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, NY, July 9 - 11, 2012.
- Margaret Judson, JOURN 08, is making her television acting debut June 24 in the HBO series The Newsroom. Judson will play the role of an associate newsroom producer named Tess Westin.
- Famed Film Critic Roger Ebert turns 70 on Monday. The Urbana native originally had a different career in mind - journalism.
- Journalism will be getting dramatic treatment starting on June 24 with the premiere of HBOs The Newsroom, the latest creation of West Wing producer/writer Aaron Sorkin. Will viewers like what they see in the portrayal of journalists and the workings of the news media? Journalism professor and former radio reporter Matthew Ehrlich thought that movies about journalism mostly undermined the press. Then he took a critical look to write Journalism in the Movies. Ehrlich discussed the new series and the publics dramatic perceptions of journalism with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.
- Illinois students tell how a recent reporting trip to Turkey challenged their views of the world.
- College of Media Summer Kickoff Party for Alumni and New Grads is June 8!
- Professor Brant Houston, Knight Chair in Investigative Journalism, is presenting at the New News Labs: Exploring University News Start-ups workshop June 1 & 2 in Washington DC.
- As we shared previously, nine journalism students are experiencing life as foreign correspondents.
- As we shared previously, nine journalism students are experiencing life as foreign correspondents.
- About every two years, a small class of University of Illinois journalism students under the supervision of professor Nancy Benson reports from a different part of the world, taking a two-week turn as foreign correspondents. For this years all-female crew of nine, the destination is Turkey.
- U of I journalism professor and independent documentary filmmaker, Jay Rosenstein, got his start at WILL-TV and learned about great film making right here.
- Assistant Professor of Journalism, Charles Stretch Ledford, has been invited to share Overtown: Inside/Out at the VISCOM 2012 Conference.
- U of I broadcast journalism students won ten awards, including five for first place, in this year's Students in Illinois News Broadcasters Association (SINBA) Awards.
- Chancellor and Vice President Phyllis Wise came to the Reporting I lecture on April 2 to talk with Journalism students about current issues and events on the UIUC campus.
- What started with a one-time screening of a sci-fi classic in Champaign has become an annual tradition featuring beloved but overlooked films as gauged by one of this areas native sons.
- Rick Kaplan, award-winning broadcast journalist and producer, will be the keynote speaker at the College of Media convocation ceremony May 12, 2012.
- The College of Media was well represented at the Public Engagement Symposium held April 18, 2012.
- Jodi Enda 80 JOURN, has been named a finalist for the 2012 Mirror Award in the category of Best Single Article, Traditional/Legacy Media.
- University of Illinois broadcast journalism students won seven awards, including three firsts, in the Region 5 Mark of Excellence Awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalists.
- Audie Cornish talks to Chris Benson, associate professor of journalism and African American studies at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, about what constitutes a hate crime and what role it's playing in recent headlines.
- NPR Congressional Correspondent Andrea Seabrook gave University of Illinois students and faculty insights into the inner workings of Congress as well as practical advice for breaking into professional journalism in an April 11 talk in Gregory Hall.
- On Friday, March 16th, 10 freshmen participating in the College of Medias James Scholar program had the opportunity to visit with either Energy BBDO or the Chicago Tribune/WGN as part of a career immersion day.
- Matthew Ehrlich's book Radio Utopia: Postwar Audio Documentary in the Public Interest has been named one of three national finalists in the Tankard Book Award competition.
- Bianca Flowers has been selected to receive a paid summer internship through the Illinois Broadcasters Association's Multicultural Internship Program.
- A group of students from various disciplines, led by assistant professor of journalism Charles Stretch Ledford in the Journalism independent study class JOUR460, launched a mobile app for the Illini baseball team this week. It is the first app to be developed by the College of Media.
- Journalism professor Jay Rosenstein continues to win recognition for his Peabody Award-winning documentary, The Lord Is Not on Trial Here Today. Legendary journalist and commentator Bill Moyers has included Rosensteins film on a list of Ten Documentaries On Champions of Social Justice.
- Chloe Pistorius, senior in Broadcast Journalism, will be working at the prestigious Masters Golf Tournament April 5 8 in Augusta GA.
- David Inge, longtime host of WILL-AMs morning talk show Focus, has announced his plans to retire from the University of Illinois and WILL Radio before July 1, as have the stations Afternoon Magazine host Celeste Quinn and Focus producer Harriet Williamson.
- Journalism alumnus Ash-har Quraishi, '97 JOURN, of WTTW Chicago had a report on the March 27 "PBS NewsHour"
College of Media National Advisory Board member Robert G. Kennedy, '78 ENG, will become co-chief executive of C-SPAN on April 1. Kennedy, who is now co-president and co-chief operating officer at the cable network,will succeed Brian Lamb, C-SPAN's founder. For more details, read this here.
- With the separation of church and state so much in the news these days - whether Rick Santorums makes me want to throw up attack on John F. Kennedys 1960 speech before the Greater Houston Ministerial Association or the current debate over reproductive rights and varying interpretations of religious freedom - perhaps a little history lessons in order.
- Jill Disis '12 JOURN was one of the reporters asking questions of Democratic candidates running in Illinois re-drawn 13th Congressional district.
- Professor Matthew Ehrlich discussed his ongoing research on popular culture's depictions of journalism history at the Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference in New York City March 10.
- Mediapalooza was held on Saturday, March 10. The event, for fall 2012 admitted freshmen, gave students and their families the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a student in the College of Media.
- U of I broadcast journalism students are finalists in multiple categories of the Society of Professional Journalists Region 5 Mark of Excellence Awards.
- Journalism Professor Jay Rosenstein was interviewed by Ms. Magazine about his Peabody Award-winning documentary "The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today."
- This film focuses on four senior football players that attend Fordson High School. Because of the strong faith within the Islamic community, the four young men were faced with obstacles that most eighteen year olds do not have to overcome.
- When should you write thank you notes after an interview? When should you follow up with potential employers? Is it okay to ask about your salary during a job interview? Should you order the chicken sandwich or go for that expensive steak at a company-funded dinner? How should you behave at company meetings? These were just a few of the questions addressed by keynote speaker Brad Karsh at this year's Senior Saturday Seminar.
- College of Media alumni returned to Champaign on Saturday, Feb. 25 to give career advice to the class of 2012. Seniors and fellow undergraduates spent the afternoon in career panels asking alumni about professionalism, how to act in an interview, and networking tips. Panelists represented college major divisions in advertising, journalism, agricultural communications, and media and cinema studies.
- Students filed into the Greg Hall auditorium Friday Feb. 24 for expert advice at the College of Media Resume Workshop. The presenter, Brad Karsh, is a resume expert and the author of Confessions of a Recruiting Director: The Insiders Guide to Landing Your First Job. Karsh said hes very experienced with evaluating college students after spending 15 years at Leo Burnett Advertising in Chicago. As a recruiting director there he read over 10,000 resumes and interviewed over 1,000 college students.
- A diverse group of students gathered for Journalism Career night at the Levis Center on Thursday, February 23, 2012. Students came for various reasons: some are graduating seniors and grad students who want to get their foot in the door, others were sophomores curious about what to expect once it's their turn to get out there.
- Congratulations to the Daily Illini staff on their recent Illinois College Press Association Awards.
- College of Media professors were recognized at a recent event hosted by Chancellor Wise. Celebrating Academic Excellence is an opportunity to recognize faculty who have received honors and awards during the past year.
You can NEVER be too prepared for the job market. Especially now, when you will have to work harder to get a job. You just need to show why you should be hired over others. You need a competitive advantage. You need to stand out. You need to look better on paper than every other applicant. You need more than just a strong portfolio.
That's why you should attend the College of Media Senior Saturday Career Seminar, February 25, 2012.
Senior Saturday gives you advice you won't get anywhere else and gives you the chance to talk with professionals -- one-on-one -- who really care about helping you.
This is not a job fair. This is not your typical career advice. This is specially designed for journalism, advertising, and media and cinema studies students. By attending this seminar, you will be ready to successfully jumpstart your career.
Featured Speaker: Brad Karsh is the President and Founder of JobBound, a company dedicated to helping students prepare for the job search and life after college. An industry expert on breaking into the job market, Karsh is the author of "Confessions of a Recruiting Director: The Insider’s Guide to LandingYour First Job." Brad has been featured on CNN’s Paula Zahn Now, CNN Headline News, CNBC, and he has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and many others.
Brad Karsh will be here to share two presentations:
"The Insider Secrets To Interviewing Success" and "What They Don't Teach You in College: Business Etiquette Tips for the Real World"
Professionals, including alumni of the College, will participate on informative panels and share what their industries are like and how to land a job. There will be a networking session for you to meet those who have successful careers. This is the PERFECT time to get one-on-one advice from top professionals in YOUR industry.
For a complete list of industry professionals attending and to register for the event visit: www.media.illinois.edu/senior-saturday
This is important. This is the best preparation you can get.
- Journalism Career Night, brought to you by the Department of Journalism is coming up Thursday, February 23, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Levis Center. Nine journalism alumni will be coming to campus to speak with College of Media students about their careers in the worlds of both traditional and new journalism.
- Greg Lindsay has co-authored an Op-Ed in the New York Times. In 'Designing a Fix for Housing' Lindsay discusses design and urban planning as ignored aspects of the housing crisis.
- Five College of Media undergraduates make up the new class of student managers for Illini Media Company.
- David Inge interviews U of I graduate Rick Kaplan, who has served as president of CNN, senior vice president of ABC News and president of MSNBC.
- The College of Media is proud to announce those students whose scholastic achievement has earned them recognition by Phi Kappa Phi.
Charla Krupp (JOURN ’75) died on Jan. 23 in New York City at age 58. Krupp was well known for her fashion and beauty savvy having served in top positions at Glamour magazine, as popular commentator on several television shows, and most recently as author of “How Not to Look Old” and “How to Never Look Fat Again.” While Krupp found much success in New York City, she never forgot her connection back to her alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She had a big heart for students that desired to establish careers in major media markets like New York City. Krupp offered numerous internships and helped make connections for many students, particularly female journalism students in the College of Media. Krupp was an active member on the College’s National Advisory Board and will be greatly missed. To honor Charla’s legacy and continue her generosity to women in media in perpetuity, the Krupp/Zoglin family has established The Charla Krupp Memorial Fund at the University of Illinois College of Media. Gifts may be mailed to the University of Illinois Foundation, 1305 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61802,or you may give online at www.media.illinois.edu/give. Simply note or type in the fund name to designate your gift. Read more about Charla Krupp… or Watch the Today Show video...
Digital Bootcamp is a new, exciting two-day workshop hosted by the College of Media. College students interested in journalism, advertising, media content creation and design in the new digital media landscape can explore the newest tools in digital media in sessions led by top industry practitioners.
Digital Bootcamp will also include a keynote address – Building Your Brand Online – which will address the importance of and best practices in building your own brand using the latest social media and digital tools. The program will conclude with a panel on future careers in the new digital media landscape. By the end of the workshop, students will know how to develop their digital brand and digital portfolio using various functions of WordPress.
Digital Bootcamp will be held March 30 – 31, 2012 at the University Center in Chicago. Program details and registration for the program can be found at http://go.illinois.edu/digitalbootcamp
Christopher Benson, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Journalism, recently presented on microaggressions at a racial justice summit held at Illinois State University in Normal. His topic "Everyday Racism: Content, Context, Consequences" focused on the indiginities suffered by members of traditionally marginalized groups in professional and campus encounters. He also discussed the media role in reinforcing stereotypes through the framing and representation of these groups. The summit, co-sponsored by the YWCA McLean County at ISU, was attended by community leaders, teachers, ISU faculty and administrators.
The Hollywood Reporter Senior Writer, Leslie Bruce (MS '05 JOURN), was a double winner at the fourth annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards held in downtown Los Angeles. She won first place in the category of Feature/Series, print over 1,000 words, for her article written with Judith Newman called "Inside Kardashian Inc." Bruce also took first place in the Personality Profile, print category for her article, "The Split Personality of Chelsea Handler." Read the article...
Charles "Stretch" Ledford, professor of Journalism at Illinois was the producer of and cinematographer for a four-minute video of a New Year's tradition in Brasstown, N.C.: The New Year's Eve Possum Drop
The College of Media hosted a reception to honor its 66 December 2011 graduates. More than 100 people, including the graduates, their family members and friends, and College faculty and staff gathered at Campbell Hall for Public Telecommunication to celebrate this important milestone.
Interim Dean Jan Slater welcomed guests and congratulated the graduates, encouraging them that their hard work in the College will serve them well in all their future endeavors. Parents and friends expressed their excitement for their graduates’ accomplishments and enjoyed meeting many of the College’s faculty, advisors and staff. Photos of the event…
We congratulate these talented College of Media graduates and wish them much success. We invite all alumni to stay connected to the College by updating us with news and contact information on the University of Illinois Alumni Online Directory.
CU-CitizenAccess.org, a website run by Professor Brant Houston, Knight Chair for Investigative and Enterprise Journalism and College of Media students, was recently featured on MSNBC’s list of “the Best Investigative Reporting on the Web” for its story on East Central Illinois nursing homes. Read more about CU-CitizenAccess’ feature and see MSNBC’s complete list of “the Best Investigative Reporting on the Web.”
Professor Brant Houston, Knight Chair for Investigative and Enterprise Journalism, discusses the impact of the Internal Revenue Service’s attitude towards nonprofit news startups in a recent Columbia Journalism Review article. According to the article, the Internal Revenue Service appears be slowing down or blocking approvals of tax-exempt status for nonprofit news startups. Professor Houston notes that “some of these new nonprofit newsrooms could go under waiting for [tax exempt status], because it’s difficult to get donations if you don’t have the status.” Read the whole article…
Dr. Jan Slater, current Interim Dean of the College of Media, will continue as Interim Dean through the 2012-2013 academic year. Dr. Slater was the Head of the Department of Advertising prior to bringing her expertise and leadership skills to this new role in the college in 2010. For more information, please see this article.
Sean Powers, content specialist and visiting on-air host for Illinois Public Media, has been selected to attend the Knight Digital Media Center’s 2011 Digital Storytelling workshop. Sean is one of 20 participants selected to attend. For more information...
Chris Benson, associate dean of the College of Media and associate professor of Journalism and African American Studies, was honored with the 2011 Larine Y. Cowen Make A Difference Award on Nov 10. The award, presented by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, recognizes dedication to promoting diversity and the inclusion of all students on campus. “This is a major campus award and really speaks to the College's commitment on issues of diversity and inclusion, as well as the value of multiple perspectives in our work. It certainly spotlights Chris’ work that is often behind the scenes.” said Jan Slater, interim dean of the College of Media. “Although you never really think about recognition when you set out to do what you can’t help doing,” Benson said, “It is, indeed, a high honor just to have my name associated with Larine Cowan. She inspired so much positive change throughout her career and moved me to want to do more—especially through my work in media—to enlighten and transform.” This is the second year in a row that College of Media leadership has been recognized for its commitment to diversity. Last year, Professor Emeritus Bill Berry, and former interim head of the Department of Advertising, was honored.
Alumnus Hal Bruno (JOURN ‘50), remembered for his influence on national political coverage in both print and broadcast media, has died at 83. His work included time as sportswriter for The Daily Illini; as a print reporter in and around Chicago in the early 1950s; as a domestic reporter, foreign correspondent, news editor and chief political correspondent for Newsweek; and as a political director for ABC News. He was inducted into the Society of Professional Journalists Hall of Fame in 2008. Read more about Hal Bruno…
Hugh Hefner, graduate of the College of Media and founder of Playboy Magazine, will receive the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Press Club on Nov 17. He is being honored for his pioneering work on First Amendment rights for the press and all citizens. More information…
Retired from the College of Media since May, 26-year office administrator Nickie Dalton is trying hard not to continue operating under the delusion she is on: The Longest Vacation Ever. Dalton said it’s difficult, after working in the College of Media for two decades (it was the College of Communications when she first started), to start each day from scratch.She said she misses the contact she had with alumni.“There are some amazing alumni and they’re always there for the college,” she said. “Media alumni are just great.” For more on this story...
Our Chicago Alumni Board hosted its annual alumni reunion on Oct 20 at Rock Bottom Brewery. We were pleased to have a record number of alumni present. "The College of Media has a strong alumni network in Chicago and the reunion provides the perfect setting to reconnect with alums and faculty. I enjoyed catching up with old friends and meeting new ones, as well as getting the scoop on what's happening on campus" said Monica Heckman, ADV '05 Photos of the event...
Journalism Professor Jay Rosenstein's acceptance speech from the Peabody Awards ceremony is now posted on-line. The Peabody Awards were presented at the Waldorf=Astoria hotel ballroom in New York City on May 23, 2011, with Larry King as the MC. Professor Rosenstein was one of 38 winners honored for the most outstanding electronic media created in 2010, for his documentary "The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today". More information...
Local journalism is alive and well, but the form it will take in the future is changing. That was the message delivered by Mizell Stewart III, editor of the Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press, to students and faculty in presentations on campus on Oct. 18-19. Daily Illini Staff Writer Darshan Gopi filed this report.
National Public Radio National Political Correspondent, Don Gonyea, talked with journalism students and faculty on October 13 about the 2012 presidential campaign and his career as a radio journalist. For more information on Gonyea's visit...
Broadcast Journalism seniors Spencer Turkin and Caroline Pahl will join 75 World war II veterans from the Champaign-Urbana area as they visit the World War II Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Korean and Vietnam Memorials as part of a one-day trip. This “Honor Flight” will be documented by the students and is planned to air on UI-7 on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11). For more information on the Honor Flight…
Festival passes will go on sale Nov. 1 for the 14th annual Roger Eberts Film Festival, or Ebertfest, to be held April 25-29 at the Virginia Theater in Champaign, Ill., and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The festival will feature films selected by Ebert that he believes have been overlooked by audiences, critics or distributors.
The passes, which cover all 12 screenings during the five-day event, are $135, plus $2 each for processing. They can be purchased starting Nov. 1 through the festival website, the Virginia Theater website, or the theaters box office (217-356-9063).
Tickets for individual films will be available April 4. Admission is $13 ($11 for students and seniors).
A thousand festival passes will be available. In recent years, the passes have sold out within one or two months, according to Mary Susan Britt, festival associate director.
Ebert, a U. of I. journalism graduate, adjunct professor and Pulitzer Prize-winner, will again host the event, along with his wife, Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert.
The lineup of films, along with additional information on film-associated guests and other festival events, will be announced several weeks before the festival. Updates on the festival, an event of Illinois College of Media, will be posted on the festival website.
Sponsors and volunteers for the festival are being sought. Those interested should get in touch with Britt at 217-244-0552, or by e-mail.
College of Media alumni, Ryan G. Baker and Paul Schrage, were invited to return to campus as Illini Comeback guests, a program that honors prominent and accomplished alumni. Their time on campus included visits with students, faculty and staff in conjunction with the University-wide homecoming activities. For more information on our 2011 Comeback guests...
The second annual TEDxUIllinois conference brought in a range of accomplished and acclaimed speakers to explore topics such as the future of journalism, the worldwide race to create the perfect battery, building a “smarter” Chicago, threats to the freedom of the Internet, and how a pair of traditional institutions — C-SPAN and Major League Baseball — have reinvented themselves online. For those who were unable to attend, videos for many of the sessions are available online.
One current staff member and nine Broadcast Journalism alumni have been nominated for regional Emmys. Broadcast Journalism staff member and alumnus Ravi Bhatia ’11 and alumni Holly Grisham Conroy ’91, Mike Dahl ’05, Eric Horng ’97, Judy Hsu ’93, Sandy Pudar ’99, Ash-har Quraishi ’97, Liz Reising ’08, Sam Unger ’07, and Gladys Valerio ’05 have all been nominated for Regional Emmys from the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Read the whole list of nominees…
Journalism professor Jay Rosenstein's Peabody and Emmy Award-winning documentary, "The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today", will be screened as part of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities film series. It will be shown on Thursday, Oct. 6 in Krannert Art Museum Room 62 at 5:30p.m. The screening is free and open to the public. Director Jay Rosenstein will be on hand for a Q & A after the film. The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today was chosen as the Best Faculty Research Project by the IPRH for 2010-11. The film's website is www.thelordisnotontrial.com.
Journalism alumna Kate Brickman’s (BS ‘07/ MS ’11) documentary film "This is My Journey" was featured in “A journey in genders” by Rachel Wells in the Illinois Times. Brickman discusses how her childhood in Dwight, Ill., led her to make the film. Read the whole article…
The 2011 Homecoming Court will include four seniors from the College of Media. Advertising undergraduate Drew Harris will join Journalism undergraduates Caroline Pahl, Chloe Pistorius, and Spencer Turkin as they take part in the 2011 Homecoming festivities. For more information…
Laura Frank ‘90 JOURN comments on the future of investigative journalism in “Investigative journalism’s future depends on partnerships, public data” from the Sept 21 issue of Poynter. Frank discusses the impact of the closure of the Rocky Mountain News, which had two full-time investigative reporters and a rotating team of reporters who worked on investigative stories. Frank is currently the executive editor of the Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network. Read the whole article…
On Aug. 19, approximately 100 College of Media freshmen and off-campus transfer students met to welcome in the new school year. All incoming students were invited to Meet Media the Friday before classes started to hear from the Dean, get acquainted with their new classmates, and be introduced to professors in their new major.
The College of Media welcomed its fourth class of 169 freshmen to campus for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Roger Ebert '64 JOURN was recently interviewed on NBC’s Today about his book Life Itself: A Memoir. Watch the interview…
University of Illinois broadcast journalism alumni and current students won seven Student Silver Dome Awards at the Illinois Broadcasters Association's university conference (IBA-U) in Chicago.
- Samantha Singer ’11 JOURN, the Champaign bureau reporter at WAND-TV, won First Place for Best TV Weathercast.
- Pete Zervakis ’11 JOURN, a multimedia journalist at WXOW-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin, won Third Place for Best TV News Package.
- Chlole Pistorius ’12 JOURN won First Place and Rachel Caulfield ’12 JOURN won Third Place for Best Radio News Story.
- Heather Pink ’12 JOURN and Spencer Turkin ’12 JOURN tied for First Place for Best Radio Sports Story.
- UI-7 Radio News won Second Place for Best Radio Newscast.
U of I students competed against those from other Illinois colleges and universities. The awards were announced at a banquet at the annual IBA-U conference, which this year was held for the first time in downtown Chicago.
Journalism Professor Jay Rosenstein will be the featured speaker Sept. 15 at the University of Virginia's Constitution Day celebration, hosted by the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Rosenstein’s award-winning documentary, The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today will be screened, and he will speak and lead a panel discussion about the religion clause of the First Amendment. This will also be the first event in a series of workshops "Using Film as a Medium to Address or Advance Policy Concerns."
Journalism Professor Walt Harrington’s essay “Dubya and Me” is featured on the cover of the fall 2011 issue of The American Scholar, published by the Phi Beta Kappa society. For more information…
Four graduates of the College have been nominated for regional Emmys. Cara Restelli '00 JOURN, winner of two previous Emmys, is nominated in the "Informational/instructional feature segment" category for her piece "Bucket Babies", made for KYTV in Springfield, MO. Emmy-winning journalist Andy Banker '89 JOURN of KTVI-TV is nominated in the "Politics/Government-news story/Program feature segment" for "The Sign Kid." Previous Emmy-winner Alison Davis Wood (JOURN BS '90/MS '11) is a nominee in the "Historical Documentary Category" for her historical documentary on two-time Nobel Prize Winner and University of Illinois Engineering Professor Emeritus John Bardeen (1908-1991) which aired on the Big Ten Network. Andrea Firestone '02 JOURN is nominated in the "Best big market TV newscast" category for her work at NewsChannel 5, KSDK, in St. Louis, MO. The awards ceremony will be held on October 22.
Roger Ebert '64 JOURN looks back on his life and career in Life Itself: A Memoir. Published by Grand Central Publishing, Life Itself: A Memoir, offers Ebert’s candid take on his own personal history including his personal struggles, his relationships, and his spiritual beliefs. Available on September 13, the book diverges from Ebert’s previous publications which largely focused on particular films and not his own life. For more information...
This is My Journey…, a documentary film made by Journalism alumna Kate Brickman (BS ‘07/ MS ’11), will premiere at the Art Theatre in downtown Champaign Tuesday, September 6 at 5:30 pm. The film will be followed by a panel discussion at 6:30 with the three main subjects of the film. The film, completed as part of Kate’s Master’s Project and supervised by Professor Nancy Benson, explores the transitioning process for three transgender people in Central Illinois. This is My Journey… will also air on WILL-TV on Friday, October 7 at 8:00 pm and has been selected to run in a number of regional film festivals. Kate has also served as the UI-7 Coordinator, a position she will hold until the end of September. There is no charge for admission and the film is open to the public. Watch the trailer…
The documentary film Fordson: Faith. Fasting. Football produced by Emmy Award-winning journalist Ash-har Quraishi ’97 JOURN was highlighted by the New York Times as a documentary to see as we commemorate 9/11. The feature-length film follows four talented high school football players from Dearborn Michigan as they gear up for their big senior year rivalry game during the last ten days of Ramadan, a month when Muslims traditionally fast every day from sunrise to sundown. The documentary is in AMC theaters across the country. The story is set against the backdrop of the stunningly beautiful Fordson High School, a public high school built by Henry Ford in 1922, which was once all white, but now boasts a 98% Arab population. As the team readies itself to play its affluent, cross town rival, we witness the adversity faced by a community that is desperately holding onto its Islamic faith while struggling to gain acceptance in post 9-11 America. You can watch the trailer here and hear what Academy Award Winning Director Michael Moore had to say about the documentary after it won top prize at the Traverse City film festival.
Journalism Professor Jay Rosenstein was interviewed live for a call-in show on South Florida's NPR outlets WLRN and WKWM on August 22. He spoke about his newest documentary, the Peabody Award winning The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today and answered questions about the film and issues relating to separation of church and state in America. The NPR stations cover the cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, the Palm Beaches, and Key West among others. Listen to the interview…
The University of Illinois Alumni Association has announced this year's Illini Comeback guests. The program began in 1980 to honor prominent and accomplished alumni. Guests are invited to return to campus and interact with students, staff, and faculty through formal programs, classroom visits, and social activities held at Homecoming. The program is coordinated by the Student Alumni Ambassadors and sponsored by the UI Alumni Association.
Ryan G. Baker ’91 MEDIA is an Emmy-nominated sports reporter and is currently the sports director and lead sports anchor for WBBM-TV/CBS 2 in Chicago. He previously worked at WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 in Chicago, where he hosted “Sports Sunday” and the Chicago Bears pre- and post-game shows; at WKMG-TV in Orlando, Fla., where he was twice voted “Best Sportscaster” by Orlando Magazine; at KFMB-TV in San Diego; and at WCIA-TV and WICD-TV in Champaign.
Paul Schrage ’59 MEDIA is retired senior executive vice president and chief marketing officer of McDonald's Corp. In 1967, he established the company’s marketing department and introduced its famous Golden Arches logo. He is credited with spearheading many of the fast-food giant’s other key innovations, including drive-through service, breakfast, play areas for children, extra-value meals and creation of signature clown character Ronald McDonald. The University of Illinois honored him with the Alumni Achievement Award in 2003.
Journalism Department Head Rich Martin has published a new book about traditional journalism values and practices that continue to have importance for journalists, young and old, in the digital age. Living Journalism: Principles and Practices for an Essential Profession, published by Holcomb Hathaway, highlights the values and principles needed to produce work that informs and enlightens an increasingly mobile and participatory audience. For more information…
Journalism Professor Leon Dash is quoted in a recent article in Diversity: Issues in Higher Education that discusses the experiences of African American journalism professors. In "Teaching the Write Stuff," Professor Dash notes that some of the students enrolled in his courses have sub-par writing skills and do not always use language properly or dress appropriately for either the classroom or the newsroom. The article notes that many of these experiences are not well-documented in scholarship on journalism education. For more information...
Matt Brickman, ‘07 JOURN, will join WCCO in Minneapolis to be the weekend morning weather anchor. Matt spent the last four years at WICD in Champaign, IL where he was the morning and midday weather anchor. For more on Matt…
Tony Cipolla, ’85 JOURN, has been named co-anchor at the CBS affiliate, KCOY in San Luis Obispo. Tony spent the last 20 years at KSBY, the NBC affiliate in San Luis Obispo. In addition to his anchoring responsibilities at KSBY, Tony has been teaching journalism at the California Polytechnic State University for the past year. For more on Tony…
The Investigative News Network (INN), co-founded by Brant Houston, Knight Chair for Investigative and Enterprise Journalism, has been selected to receive the 2011 Manship Prize.
The relationship between WILL , radio and television stations of Illinois Public Media, and the college allowed journalism student Chelsea Insprucker to become an employed journalist while still finishing her undergraduate degree.
Brant Houston, Knight Chair for Investigative and Enterprise Journalism, was interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor and the Illinois News Bureau about the British phone-hacking scandal and the implications for investigative journalism.
The College of Media has received a curriculum development seed grant from the Illinois Informatics Institute to support a new project focusing on integrating digital media education as a foundation throughout the college’s academic programs.
Faculty members from the College of Media are headed to St. Louis in August to attend the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conference. Several professors and graduate students are presenting papers, and a few are being honored with awards.
CNN (website, July 8) — Journalism professor Brant Houston writes about the differences between investigative journalism and the form of journalism that was practiced by the News of the World.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE (June 28) --Journalism professor Steve Helle writes about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding video games in an opinion piece, "Back in the game: Supreme Court ruling rights a video game wrong."
DAILY ILLINI (June 28) — Lights, camera and action: University students have the chance to be on nationally aired halftime commercials filmed Tuesday and Wednesday. Cecilia Marizu '10 JOURN, current graduate student and one of the commercial’s featured students, will star in a swimming scene because of her history as a swimmer and student athlete. There will also be a study abroad scene because of her trips to Kenya and Ecuador.
Matt Ehrlich, professor of journalism, was a featured author at the Chicago Printers Row Lit Fest discussing his new book Radio Utopia: Postwar Audio Documentary in the Public Interest.
More than 50 alumni, faculty, and friends gathered in Chicago at the annual Summer Kickoff for New Graduates and Alumni. The event is held each year as a networking and social opportunity for recent graduates to chat with alumni about jobs, catch up on what has been happening on campus, and to meet new friends. (PHOTOS)
Three College of Media students were selected for the 2011 Peter Agris Memorial Journalism Scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each. The awardees are Peter N. Zervakis '11 JOURN, Antonia Thanas '12 JOURN and Alexis Georgiadis '13 JOURN.
Journalism professor Jay Rosenstein has been the featured guest on many radio programs to promote the broadcast of his Peabody Award winning documentary, "The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today."
Tim McAuliff '69 JOURN shared his wisdom and career experience with the 2011 graduates of the College of Media at the Convocation ceremonies held May 16 on the Urbana campus.
The American Bar Association awarded a Silver Gavel Award for Media and the Arts to "The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today," a one-hour PBS film by Associate Professor of Journalism Jay Rosenstein that tells the compelling personal story that led to a landmark 1948 U.S. Supreme Court decision on the separation of church and state in public schools, McCollum v. Board of Education.
World War II had just ended. Radio still ruled the airwaves. And some of the medium’s brightest talents, among them Norman Corwin and Edward R. Murrow, sought to use radio “to try to remake America and the world for the better,” University of Illinois journalism professor Matthew Ehrlich writes in “Radio Utopia: Postwar Audio Documentary in the Public Interest,” published this month by the University of Illinois Press.
Philanthropic support from our alumni really does make a difference. Currently, only 5.5% of our alumni (626 out of 11,381) have made a gift to the College this year. The College of Media’s fundraising priorities are developed around keeping our students’ success at the heart of everything we do. From scholarships and awards, to industry internships and networking, we strive to create a learning environment that prepares them for today’s media careers. At the height of all the excitement, fanfare and focus on our amazing graduates, it would mean a great deal to us, but especially to the students if you would partner with us to support their hard work, accomplishments, and career opportunities. Fiscal Year-End Gifts received by June 30th would be most appreciated. Visit media.illinois.edu/give.
The College of Media Convocation Ceremonies kick off Saturday, May 14, at 1:30 p.m. at Huff Hall on the Urbana Campus. More than 350 undergraduate and graduate students will be celebrated for their accomplishments. Journalism alumnus Tim McAuliff will serve as this year's convocation speaker, and Advertising graduate Eddie Revis will deliver the student speech. Parent, family, and friends are welcome. For more information, visit media.illinois.edu/current/convocation.
HUFFINGTON POST (May 11) — This Mother's Day, we were given a chance to consider people and courage and outcome. The powerful human story behind the story of the fight that led ultimately to the Supreme Court's 8-1 ruling in 1948 that provided the framework for the contemporary principle of separation of church and state. It is a story that is beautifully rendered in the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning documentary, The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today, which aired Sunday on WTTW, Channel 11 (hopefully, again one day soon in Chicago) and will be seen on other PBS stations in coming days and weeks.
The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities chose its winners for its 2011 contest. Among the winners were journalism student Ilana Strauss and journalism professor and filmmaker Jay Rosenstein.
After months of planning, scheduling and coordinating, Mary Susan Britt, associate festival director of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, finally got the chance to sit back and admire her handiwork during the three-day fest held in April at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign. Often called Ebertfest, the annual film festival features movies chosen by 1964 University of Illinois journalism graduate, Roger Ebert, who has shared his love of movie magic with the festival’s 18,000 guests for the 13th consecutive year.
DAILY ILLINI (May 5)—Neha Mehra, senior in media and former Illini Media employee, was recently named the student employee of the year, both at the University and in the state of Illinois.
Brant Houston, Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting, was among many celebrated journalists as a speaker at the 2011 World Press Freedom Day at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Held annually on May 3, World Press Freedom Day celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. May 3 was proclaimed World Press Freedom Day the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO's General Conference in 1991.
CampusCrime.net, a student-produced website reporting on crime on the University of Illinois, was named the national winner in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence competition for online news reporting. Runners-up were from University of California-Berkeley and the University of St. Thomas.
IMPULSE Magazine, a student-produced lifestyle and society magazine, launched in April on the University of Illinois campus. The publication features student achievements, sports, politics, a food review, and even the latest fashion trends of the season. Katerina Bizios, a junior in journalism, is a main impulse behind IMPULSE Magazine. Building a team to launch a magazine was a challenge easily met by this College of Media student. She sought help from other Media students, Louise Zhang ’12 ADV, Melissa Michalak ’12 JOURN, Allison Bulow’11 ADV, among many others to put it all together.
Two undergraduate broadcast journalism students have been selected to receive paid summer internships through the Illinois Broadcasters Association's Multicultural Internship Program.
Jay Rosenstein, associate professor of journalism and documentary filmmaker, has won numerous awards for his latest film, "The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today," including a 2011 Peabody award. (VIDEO)
The Communications Library will be open for extended hours the week before and during final exams. Beginning Sunday, May 1, through Friday, May 13, the library will be open the following hours:
Sunday: 1 p.m. - Midnight
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - Midnight
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SCRIPPS-HOWARD FOUNDATION (April 22) -- The Scripps Howard Foundation today awarded a nine-day journalism study trip to Japan to the nine winners of its annual Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition, including journalism student Caroline Pahl, a junior in broadcast journalism, production intern at UI-7, and former reporter for the Daily Illini. The competition, established in 1984 in cooperation with the Indiana University School of Journalism, honors the memory of the journalist who led Scripps Howard Newspapers from 1922-1953 and United Press International from 1912-1920.
Journalism professor Jay Rosenstein is featured in an interview in Church & State magazine about his Peabody Award-winning documentary "The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today." The program will be broadcast on PBS in May. Check local listings, or www.thelordisnotontrial.com.
UI benefactor and alumnus Jack Commodore Richmond, 93, of Champaign, a longtime businessman and philanthropist, died at 10:18 a.m. Sunday (April 17, 2011) at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. (VIDEO)
John Kim '97, a photographer for The Chicago Sun-Times, was part of the team that has won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting, with a series of stories that told readers “why they won’t stop shooting in Chicago.” The Pulitzer puts Kim and reporters Frank Main and Mark Konkol in the company of such legendary Sun-Times newsmen as Roger Ebert, John H. White and Jack Higgins. | Photo by Jean Lachat, Sun-Times Media
The Illinois News Broadcasters Association announced the award winners for the annual Students in the Illinois News Broadcasters Association awards at a ceremony this past weekend. Journalism students Landon Cassman, Jill Disis, Tim Ditman, Jocelyn Finnegan, Brittney Henton, and Chelsea Insprucker, as well as the UI-7 News team were all honored for their broadcast journalism work. Click to see the entire list of finalists.
Journalism students Kate Szyzska and Emily Carlson, along with graduate student Taylor Lemick, presented their CampusCrime.net research and project at the Undergraduate Research Symposium April 12 on the Urbana campus. The annual symposium gives undergraduates the opportunity to present their research and other creative endeavors especially those undertaken with mentorship from faculty. The day included poster and panel sessions, nearly 200 undergraduate projects, the keynote presentation by Szyzska, Carlson, and Lemick.
The Society of Professional Journalists announced the Region 5 Mark of Excellence Award winners for the 2010 calendar year. Students in the Department of Journalism and the Illinois campus brought home four first-place prizes and two second-place prizes this year. UI-7 News took second place the Best College TV newscast and alumna Laura Hettiger snared a first place sports TV award.
The University of Illinois’s 50-year agricultural communications program is stronger than ever as a result of its joint affiliation with the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and the College of Media, approved recently at the colleges’ request by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
On April 2, 2011, the University of Illinois Alice Campbell Alumni Center on the Urbana campus filled with proud students, parents, and teachers. The College of Media hosted its annual Honors Reception to present awards and scholarships to students to recognize their leadership and creativity. (PHOTOS)
Allison Copenbarger '11 JOURN won third prize for personality/profile writing in the 51st annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation's Journalism Awards Program, in which 110 undergraduate journalism programs at colleges and universities across the nation were eligible to participate. Copenbarger's article, "'Thanks be to God'," was the story of Sister Sarah Roy, a 33-year-old Catholic nun at St. John's Newman Center in Champaign, who does spiritual advising for U of I students. Copenbarger wrote about the journey of this young woman who decided to become a nun in an era when that choice is rare and who also has decided to wear the traditional nun's garb in an era when that is not a common choice among young nuns. The article originally ran in The News-Gazette.
Justin Breen '99 JOURN, a Times Media Co. editor, has received an award from Editor & Publisher for being one of the nation's brightest journalism leaders under the age of 35.
URBANA, ILLINOIS — When Brant Houston moved to the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois area from Columbia, Missouri to assume the University of Illinois’s Knight Chair in Journalism, he did what he had long encouraged students to do in the classes he taught on computer assisted reporting: he trawled through census data to get a sense of his community.
The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today, a documentary by associate professor of journalism and filmmaker Jay Rosenstein and presented by WILL-TV, was one of the winners of the 70th Annual Peabody Awards, announced this morning.
The College of Media hosted its second annual Mediapalooza event Saturday, March 12, welcoming the admitted students. Mediapalooza is an opportunity for admitted students to explore life in the College. They learn about majors, interact with faculty and current students, and work on a hands-on project.
Congratulations to the several Journalism students who have been awarded 2010-11 Region 5 Mark of Excellence Awards by the Society of Professional Journalists.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A restored silent classic, “Metropolis,” will open the 13th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival or “Ebertfest,” coming April 27 to May 1 to Champaign-Urbana. A documentary about Chicago’s “Louder Than a Bomb” youth poetry slam will close it.
A project by journalism graduate student Alyssa Schoeneman took a close look at graduate employees union’s operations. "She continued polishing the project after the semester," said her professor Brant Houston, Knight Chair in investigative reporting. "It turns out her timing was excellent, given the events in Illinois."
The first part of the project ran in the print edition and website of today's Daily Illini.
Esteemed University of Illinois professor Leon Dash visited The Times of Northwest Indiana's main office, located in Munster, Ind., on Wednesday, March 9. He spoke to the media center's staff about immersion journalism and enterprise reporting.
A report by Illinois Public Media’s Sean Powers has won an Associated Press Award. The story looked at the political deadlock over legislation to extend immigration rights to same-sex bi-national couples. It won second place in the Hard News Feature category of the 2010 Journalism Excellence Contest, downstate radio division, sponsored by the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association. Listen to the feature...
A group of 15 College of Media students took a whirlwind trip to New York City to meet with Illinois alumni currently working in the magazine industry. Lynn Holley, academic programs coordinator for the Department of Journalism, led the students on the three-day trip to meet with editors and reporters at three print magazines, five online news sites, one broadcast network, and one start-up dating site.
Journalism professor Jay Rosenstein's documentary "The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today" was named Outstanding Documentary in the 36th annual Gracie Award competition sponsored by the Alliance for Women in Media.
Alumna Leslie Bruce '05 MS JOURN, staff member at The Hollywood Reporter, takes part "behind the scenes" for the photo shoot for magazine's 80th Anniversary issue. For the special year-end package, THR brought together the biggest names in the business, both on screen and off, who have made their mark in the business during our 80-year history. Appearing first about about a minute and a half into the video, Bruce works with colleagues to arrange the many shoots necessary for the magazine's anniversary issue.
Terrell Starr '09 MS JOURN talked with faculty and students about his experiences on a Fulbright Fellowship in the Ukraine on Monday, Feb. 28. His experiences covering the Feminist movement, African-Ukranians and his numerous stops by the local police made his story all the more interesting, said Rich Martin, interim department head of journalism.
Each year the Daily Illini chooses its best work to enter the Illinois College Press Association awards, which recognizes excellence in college journalism. For the second year in a row, The Daily Illini was named the best daily college newspaper in Illinois.
Students filled the room to hear advice from successful alumni at Journalism Career Night held at at the Levis Faculty Center on February 24. Eight alumni composed a panel of speakers, hosted by Justin Breen ‘99 JOURN. Breen, assistant managing editor at the Times of Northwest Indiana, posed questions to the panelists to educate students about the various markets they can enter after graduation with a degree in journalism.
Chicago Sun-Times film critic and blogger Roger Ebert ('64 JOURN) was honored Friday night by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
NPR MORNING EDITION (Feb. 26) — For nearly 150 years, a largely black private university in Nashville has prided itself on its liberal arts studies and its music. Vocal ensembles at Fisk University have been there about as long as the campus itself. But the songs performed there today could have sounded very different if it hadn't been for the efforts of one of the school's first music directors.
Since 2004, Illinois Public Media (IPM) has committed to helping African-American students in the Champaign-Urbana area improve their academic performance by getting them more engaged in their communities. Says Kimberlie Kranich, IPM’s Community Engagement Director and co-director of the Illinois Youth Media Workshop, “We’re trying to give young people a sense of what’s out there and how you go about figuring out this place where you live.”
Eight students interested in sports journalism visited with College of Media alumni and toured three media outlets in Chicago on Feb. 17-18. The students, who were joined by Department of Journalism faculty Nancy Benson and Jean McDonald, toured Comcast SportsNet, ESPN Radio and the Chicago Tribune. They also met informally with alumni during two meals.
Brant Houston, Knight Chair in Investigative & Enterprise Reporting, coordinated a six-month investigation into aviation safety by a group of state investigative journalism centers across the country and National Public Radio. He also co-wrote the overview story that reported on little-known surprising and shocking accidents at small and large airports over the past 20 years. Terry von Thaden, an assistant professor and a Ph.D. air safety expert in human factors at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Information and Science, provided context and interviews to the consortium of journalists.
Dean’s lists for the 2010 fall semester have been announced by eight colleges and another academic unit at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Among the 6,371 students honored, 147 were College of Media students. Dean’s list eligibility is limited to the top 20 percent of a student’s college class or curriculum. To be eligible for the Dean’s list recognition, students must complete at least 14 academic semester hours taken for letter grade. Download the Media list (Excel).
PATTERNS (March 2011 issue) — Community and University of Illinois College of Media journalists from CU-CitizenAccess.org have set up a working office in the Illinois Public Media newsroom as part of a new collaboration that includes journalism students from the college.
HERCAMPUS.COM (Feb. 14) — Sabrina Santucci is a 21-year-old senior at the U of I going after her goals. Majoring in Broadcast Journalist with a minor in Communication, she is actively involved in her sorority Kappa Alpha Theta, is a writer for the Buzz Magazine and is also an employee of WILL-TV. But all of that got even more exciting when she landed a dream internship at Lucky Magazine. Yes, you heard me right, Lucky, one of the most successful and popular magazines out there for women. Her Campus Illinois sits down with Sabrina to hear what it was like.
Journalism students at the University of Illinois had the opportunity to meet Chris Barr, senior editorial director for Yahoo on February 9, 2011. Barr picked the top journalism schools in the country as destinations to promote the Yahoo Style Guide as well as recruit writers for the Yahoo Contributor Network.
Some applicants use creativity to try to stand out in a stack of resumes. Brad Karsh, president and founder of JobBound and keynote speaker at Saturday's College of Media Senior Saturday Career Seminar, warns not to get too creative. In his energetic talk about resume dos and don'ts, he recalled a few stand-out non-traditional resumes: one on construction paper sprinkled with glitter and another on purple paper with pink ink.
Karsh spoke to about 100 students in Greg Hall as part of Senior Saturday. In addition to Karsh's talk, the career seminar includes alumni panels and one-on-one interviews for students to ask questions of alumni. (PHOTOS and VIDEO)
Journalism professor Jay Rosenstein's latest documentary, "The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today," has just received the "Best in Competition" award in the Faculty Long-Form Documentary category from the Broadcast Education Association.
Valentine’s Day is upon us, and couples were very creative this year in getting their message to their loved one. This year, UI-7, the cable television service of the College of Media, made it even easier with a Valentine’s Day promotion allowing students to record love notes that aired on the station all weekend. View UI-7's Video Valentine from UI-7.
Jan Slater, interim dean of the College of Media, announced today that Journalism Professor Rich Martin has accepted the position of interim head of the Department of Journalism, effective immediately. Martin will replace Brian Johnson, who has elected to return to teaching and facilitating the department’s multimedia labs after serving as department head since August 2010. Read more...
Steven Helle, professor of journalism, just published an article titled "Survey of Illinois Law: New Freedom of Information Act – Peeking Behind the Paper Curtain" in the Summer 2010 issue of the Southern Illinois University Law Journal. He compared Illinois’ new Freedom of Information Act with the former law and noted, among other things, that Illinois has reduced the time for responding to record requests and introduced sanctions for noncompliance. Read entire article...
Eric Meyer, associate professor of journalism, and his students will present their CampusCrime.net project at the University of Illinois Center for Teaching Excellence' Scholarship of Engagement Seminar on Wednesday, February 23. Their presentation, "CampusCrime.net: Community Engagement through New-media Journalism," will cover the semester-long project undertaken by students in JOUR 425 about crime and the campus community.
Legislators in Washington are considering eliminating funding for public media, threatening the very existence of programs and local stations such as WILL. Previous attempts to “de-fund” public media have been largely unsuccessful due to the overwhelming response of Americans in affirming its importance in their lives. Learn how you can speak up in favor of public media.
If you’re enthusiastic, innovative and motivated to make an impact while on campus, College of Media Student Ambassador Program is for you! College of Media Student Ambassadors (SA), a student-run group through the College of Media, is seeking applications now.
The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today, the latest documentary by journalism professor Jay Rosenstein, has just been named as a winner of a CINE Golden Eagle in the History category of the Professional Telecast Non-Fiction Division.
Journalism student Chelsea Insprucker '12 has been chosen as local host of Weekend Edition Sunday on WILL through the spring semester, giving regular host Jay Pearce a chance to sleep in. She will be going on air in the next couple of weeks.
Ilana Strauss '12 JOURN is a regular contributor to The Washington Post's online blog Campus Overload. Strauss has interned at the Jerusalem Post and the Scripps-Howard Foundation. "A few weeks ago, you were probably frantically writing papers, studying and finishing projects," she blogged. "Now that finals are over, you are stuck with the sinking feeling that no one will ever read your final paper about environmental activism in the 1960s or watch your business ethics PowerPoint."
Editor & Publisher (Dec. 16) — For the article "Government Watchdogging on a Budget," Brant Houston, Knight Chair for investigative journalism, commented in transparency in organization funding. "Transparency in organization funding is critical, said Brant Houston, chair of Investigative News Network (INN), which opened last year and already has doubled the number of nonprofit news organization alliances (51 in the U.S. and Canada) it works with to provide stories to publishers. Donors range from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to Buzz Woolley, a San Diego philanthropist and founder of a successful hyperlocal site, VoiceOfSanDiego.org. Read more...
John Paul, instructor in journalism, taught a Discovery course this fall, giving students a hands-on introduction to broadcast journalism. The course, "Voice and TV Performance," taught 18 students quite a bit about the various aspects of professional voice, from articulation to resonance to vocal problems. (VIDEO)
Illinois Broadcasters Association Transmitter (Dec. 2010) -- Brittney Henton, journalism master's student, interned at Danville's WDAN Radio in summer 2010. She had an opportunity to talk about her experiences in the latest issue of Transmitter, the Illinois Broadcasters Association newsletter. Read more...
Current: Public Media blog (Dec. 16) — HistoryMakers, the nonprofit African-American archive of oral histories and a longtime contributor to PBS programming, is wrapping up a busy year. Its archives — already the largest of its kind in the world — increased are still growing; this year brought interviews with Maya Angelou, Bishop T.D. Jakes and Minister Louis Farrakhan. Appearances by individual history makers at schools reached 10,000 students at 105 schools in 50 cities. That led a four-week National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Summer Institute on oral history techniques and African American political history. It also received a $2.3 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct 180 ScienceMakers interviews, provide educational public programming for children and adults, and produce a ScienceMakers DVD Toolkit . And something new and different: University of Illinois African-American Studies and Journalism Professor Christopher Benson and Chicago playwright David Barr III created a dramatic play, "The Moment," inspired by their research in the archives. It was staged at the Champaign-Urbana, Ill., campus in March.
Mary Frances Fagan ’76 JOURN / ’83 MA Public Affairs (UIS), director of corporate communications for American Airlines, been named a 2011 Chicago Illini of Year by the University of Illinois Alumni Association. The award, cosponsored by the UIAA and the Chicago Illini Club, was created in 1997 to recognize the accomplishments of Chicago-area graduates of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Three distinguished alumni who live and work in Chicago or one of its suburbs are honored each year, and the selection is based primarily on overall career achievement, positive impact on the Chicago community, and demonstrated interest in the University.
Carol Hillsman Sagers ’79 MEDIA, founder and consultant of CHS Marketing Consultants, has been named a 2012 Chicago Illini of Year by the University of Illinois Alumni Association. The award, cosponsored by the UIAA and the Chicago Illini Club, was created in 1997 to recognize the accomplishments of Chicago-area graduates of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Three distinguished alumni who live and work in Chicago or one of its suburbs are honored each year, and the selection is based primarily on overall career achievement, positive impact on the Chicago community, and demonstrated interest in the University.
The high winds and blowing snow did little to deter family members who traveled to campus to celebrate at the College of Media December Graduation Reception on Dec. 12. Held in Campbell Hall for Public Telecommunication, the reception brought together graduates and their families as well as faculty and staff of the College. (PHOTOS)
A website starting up on Thursday will provide information about crime on the University of Illinois campus.
CampusCrime.net will be an interactive resource providing research and analysis about issues relating to crime on campus, according to Eric Meyer, an associate professor of journalism.
UI student Kate Szyszka said more than 40 journalism students from two classes have been working on the project for more than a month, with contributions from an additional eight students from other journalism classes.
Follow up in The Daily Iillini (1/18/11)
Jay Rosenstein, associate professor in journalism, was invited to screen his film, "The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today," and to give a talk at Columbia University in New York.
On The Oprah Show's first National Thank You Day show 16 years ago, Oprah surprised the man who made her career possible with a personal thank-you. If it weren't for Dennis Swanson '61/'66 MS JOURN, the program director who hired her to host AM Chicago, there might never have been an Oprah Show. Today, Dennis is an executive at FOX Network. Watch video.
The NEES equipment site, based in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) was honored at Quake Summit 2010 for producing a series of videos explaining the earthquake engineering performed at the site and a photo depicting testing. The team engaged the help of Nancy Benson, associate professor of journalism in the University of Illinois’ College of Media and broadcast journalist, to help create a more engaging, professional product, Pluta says.
Founder of the sports blog, Deadspin.com, Will Leitch '98 JOURN returned to the Urbana campus to talk with a Journalism sportswriting class taught by his former instructor Jean McDonald. Leitch discussed everything from his decision to major in journalism, his path to and from Deadspin, his discussion with Buzz Bissinger on Costas Now, blogging, and his thoughts on the future of journalism. Watch the video.
The College of Media at Illinois presents the 13th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, April 27- May 1, 2011. Festival Passes ($135) on sale now at www.ebertfest.com or in Champaign at the Bresnan Meeting Center.
Roger Ebert '64 JOURN, one of the most respected and widely read film critics in the world, is the recipient of the 2010 Golden Ciupaga Award, for his contribution in promoting European cinema in the United States, including works by Polish filmmakers.
Journalism professor Jay Rosenstein's newest documentary, "The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today," had its theatrical premiere at Champaign's Art Theater on Oct. 7.
Nancy Benson, associate professor of journalism, is set to travel to Romania later this month to present at the "Intercultural Radio Workshop 2010."
- Roger Ebert '64 JOURN imagines the perfect Chicago movie in this article from Chicago Magazine.
Lindsay Prossnitz '12 JOURN has won an Illinois International Scholarship from the Office of International Programs and Studies.
University of Illinois freshman Amelia Martens took home the coveted title of 2010 National Agricultural Communications Proficiency Award Winner at the 83rd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.
Twelve students joined UI journalism faculty members Lynn Holley and Jean McDonald in a two-day trip to visit College of Media alumni in Chicago on Oct. 27-28.
Candidates are invited to submit applications for two faculty positions in the College. The Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising is seeking applicants for a full-time tenure-track associate or full professor. The Department of Journalism seeks applicants for a newly created assistant professor position in digital/online/multimedia journalism.
Gay Talese, the author of acclaimed books and articles on topics as varied as the Mafia, sports, immigration, the sexual revolution, The New York Times, and Frank Sinatra, will be this year’s recipient of the Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism.
Christopher Benson, associate professor of journalism, recently served as an expert witness in a "noose" case tried in federal district court in Champaign County. The case, Barbee v. Christy-Foltz, Inc., involved the display of two hangman's nooses in the workplace at Christy-Foltz, a Decatur-based general contractor.
Three College of Media alumni were honored as Illini Comeback guests during the University's 100th Homecoming anniversary. The College of Media hosted a reception Oct. 22 for Bob Hillman '72 JOURN, Bob Epstein '74 JOURN, and Laura Rowley '87 JOURN, where students and faculty had the opportunity to interact with the distinguished alumni. Read more and see photos...
The Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded the 34th Annual Mid-America Emmy® Awards on Oct. 9 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in downtown St. Louis. Among the winners was Jay Rosenstein, associate professor of journalism, who won two Emmys.
- Alumni and faculty gather in Chicago for annual reunion
The Chicago Alumni Board hosted its annual alumni reunion at Rock Bottom Brewery in Chicago on Thursday. Alumni gathered to network, catch up, and meet other College of Media graduates. "The reunion is a longstanding College tradition that I always look forward to attending every year," said Bruce Miller '90 ADV. "You can catch up with former classmates and faculty and make new friends as well."
Board member Kim Brun '93/'94 MS ADV described the annual event as "a great way to engage with fellow College of Media alumni and stay abreast of what's going on down on campus in a fun casual setting."
- Journalism students bring home five Illinois Broadcasters Association awards
Broadcast journalism students came home with two first-place and three second-place awards from Friday's Illinois Broadcasters Association's Student Silver Dome Awards ceremony. The awards were announced today at the annual IBA-University conference at Illinois State University in Normal.
- Liz Clancy Lerner won the first-place Silver Dome award for Best Radio News Story for a feature story on a local band called Tree Thump that features the Australian instrument the didgeridoo.
- Jocelyn Finnegan won second place in the same category for a piece on women in the U of I Institute of Aviation.
- Tim Ditman won the first-place Silver Dome award for Best Radio Live Game Sports for a play-by-play of Illinois softball on local radio station WDWS last April.
- UI-7 News won second place for both Best Radio Longform and Best Radio Newscast.
- UI Alumni Association seeks alumni volunteers for 2010 iHelp
- Filmmaker's documentary tells story of groundbreaking church-state suit
Prayer in the schools, Ten Commandments in the courthouse, Christmas mangers on public property. The U.S. Supreme Court in recent decades frequently has been called on to rule in cases on the line between church and state. But the successful case that preceded them all began in 1945 in Champaign, Ill. For it was there, in the waning months of World War II, that Vashti McCollum, a young mother, filed a lawsuit against the Champaign board of education in connection with a policy allowing religious instruction on school time and in school classrooms. It's all in the story of "The Lord Is Not on Trial Here Today," an hourlong documentary by Jay Rosenstein, associate professor of journalism. The film premieres at the Art Theater in Champaign and on WILL-TV during the next two weeks. More information...
- UI Public Affairs featured Media faculty and staff in communications seminar
The University of Illinois' Office of Public Affairs featured College of Media faculty and staff in its recent communications seminar Brand U: 2010. Cele Otnes, professor of advertising and business administration, and Sharon Shavitt, research professor in the Institute of Communications Research took part in a panel discussion about brand value, product differentiation and the role of marketing in higher education. Kate Brickman, program coordinator for UI-7, presented a Pecha Kucha-style talk on the evolution of the campus cable television station. Watch the presentation...
- Journalism professor Brant Houston co-authors tutorial for nonprofit news website
Brant Houston, Knight chair in investigative reporting, and Andy Hall, executive director and reporter at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, co-authored a tutorial for starting a nonprofit news site as part of the Knight Citizen News Network. Houston starts with the caveat, "You won't just be doing journalism. You will be an employer, a manager, a grants writer, a negotiator and sometimes a bookkeeper. You'll have a steep learning curve. But if you decide to go ahead, you'll be in good company."
- Illinois receives McCormick grant for journalism consortium
The McCormick Foundation has given a grant of $75,000 to the University of Illinois for a consortium of Midwest university journalism professors for public service reporting.
The project will be coordinated by Brant Houston, the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting in the Journalism Department at the College of Media at Illinois, and will initially include universities in four states—Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
The project, known as the Investigative Journalism Education Consortium (IJEC), will bring together the knowledge and experience of the professors to carry out two major collaborative projects with their students throughout the Midwest. The grant provides money for coordination of the projects and travel expenses for planning and reporting on the projects. Read more...
- Journalism professor named to advisory committee for Florida Center for Investigative Reporting
Brant Houston, Knight Chair in investigative and enterprise reporting, has been named to the journalism advisory for the new Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, a bilingual investigative nonprofit serving the Sunshine State. The FCIR’s mission is to work in Florida’s public interest by exposing corruption, waste and miscarriages of justice. Read more...
- Red Grange documentary by Alison Davis Wood and Tim Hartin nominated for Emmy
"Larger Than Life: the Red Grange Story," a new documentary by Tim Hartin and Alison Davis Wood '90 JOURN, a journalism faculty member and producer for Illinois Campus Programming/Big Ten Network, has been nominated for an Emmy in the category of Historical Documentary in the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) which covers the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and part of Illinois. All nominations were selected by a panel of judges that include industry professionals and NATAS members.
- Journalism professor Chris Benson blogs for Huffington Post
Chris Benson, associate professor of journalism, has joined the ranks of bloggers for the online news magazine Huffington Post. In his first post, he discussed the recent speech by FOX news host Glenn Beck and its connection to another moment in history.
"In the clash of commentary on Glenn Beck's decision to stage his 'Restoring Honor' rally at the Lincoln Memorial, one critical voice has been missed. The distant voice of Mamie Till-Mobley. If she still were alive, Mother Mobley would remind us with a keen sense of irony—as well as historical context—that 'Beckapalooza' tramples more than one solemn memory. She also would urge us to recognize the importance of historical memory. In appreciating the social and legal progress we have made. In making sure we don't repeat past mistakes." Read entire post...
- Knight Chair Brant Houston cited in American Journalism Review
American Journalism Review (June/July 2010) – Many news outlets are doing far less accountability reporting than in the past, bad news indeed for the public. New nonprofit investigative ventures have emerged, but they can't pick up the slack by themselves. "In 2008, thinking to update the Arizona survey, Brant Houston, a former IRE executive director who holds the Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois, polled the country's 50 largest papers by e-mail. He believed that documenting the attrition in I-Teams might entice foundations to finance the rising crop of nonprofits. But answers were hard to come by in an environment ravaged by downsizing." Read entire article...
- Roger Ebert '64 JOURN: No Longer an Eater, Still a Cook
New York Times (August 31) -- THE first several minutes at a restaurant with Roger Ebert are awkward. ItÂ's not that you canÂ't find a million things to discuss. Mr. Ebert, 68, has reviewed movies for more than four decades. HeÂ's driven around with Robert Mitchum while the actor got stoned and lost on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. He once owned a 1957 Studebaker and still owns a Pulitzer Prize. Read entire article...
- Journalism student gives tips on college dorm decor as Washington Post guest blogger
In a post for The Washington Post's Campus Overload blog, journalism junior Illana Strauss talked about "Transforming a boring dorm room." Strauss is a regular contributor to Campus Overload. "Your dorm room is probably small, oddly shaped and may or may not have air conditioning," wrote Strauss. "But it's yours, and you'll spend a good deal of the year there. So why not make it right for you?" Read entire blog post...
- Documentary by journalism professor Jay Rosenstein nominated for Emmy awards
A new documentary by Jay Rosenstein, associate professor of journalism, has been nominated for three Emmy awards in the Mid-America region, the Mid-America chapter. "The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today" was nominated in the categories of Historical Documentary, Writing in a Program Feature, and Musical Composition and Arrangement. The documentary, which tells the story of how the separation of church and state in public schools began in America, follows the McCollum family and their three-year ordeal in bringing to the Supreme Court the legal case that bears their name. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 9 in St. Louis. The film, funded by the Independent Television Service, the UI Office of the Chancellor, and the Illinois Humanities Council, will be broadcast nationally on PBS in March 2011. More about the documentary...
- UI-7 gets new set and logo, hosts open house for community
UI-7, the cable television service of the College of Media, launched its new look this past week with an open house August 17. Thanks to a donation from local television channel WCIA, the station got a new set for the student-produced UI-7 News program. Journalism faculty members Mitch Kazel and John Paul and UI-7's Program Coordinator Kate Brickman spent much of the summer months dismantling WCIA's old set and re-assembling it in the Richmond Journalism Teaching Studio on Urbana's campus. The new set includes a new UI-7 logo as well. Members of the local news community as well as College faculty and staff attended the open house to see the new set, which also includes an enhaned weather reporting station, in-desk monitors for reporters and anchors to view during the shoot, and more lighting for the entire set. UI-7 News production will resume this coming fall.
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- Journalism professor Matt Ehrlich discusses upcoming book at film research center
Professor of Journalism Matt Ehrlich's upcoming book "Radio Utopia: Postwar Audio Documentary in the Public Interest" will be published in May 2011 by the University of Illinois Press. He recently discussed the book at a conference in July commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research in Madison. He also presented a related paper on the 1940s radio series" You Are There" at this summerÂ's Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in Denver.
- A Minute With... investigative journalism expert Brant Houston
Brant Houston, the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting and coordinator of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, was recently interviewed by UI News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain. Three major news outlets recently published extensive accounts on tens of thousands of secret U.S. military reports on the war in Afghanistan, made public by WikiLeaks, an online site dedicated to unearthing classified government and private corporate documents. About the effects of the Internet on investigative journalism, Houston said, "Traditional journalism had gotten used to controlling the spigot for information flow, but with the Internet, those days are long gone." Read entire interview...
- Fund for Investigative Journalism donates papers to university archives
The work of notable investigative journalists will soon be a part of the University of Illinois Library Archives. The Fund for Investigative Journalism and the University archives will be working together to provide University students and faculty with cutting-edge investigative journalism resources. Read entire article...
- Collaboration with News-Gazette results in front-page article and interactive web coverage of local neighborhood
As part of CU-Citizen Access, a joint project of The News-Gazette and the Department of Journalism, students are taking primary roles in an ongoing examination of communities, poverty, and issues that lead to decline of neighborhoods in Champaign County. The July 25 cover story by journalism student Liz Clancy Lerner, "Wilber Heights: Neighborhood hangs on against the odds," was the result of collaboration between journalism faculty members Nancy Benson, Brant Houston, and Rich Martin; alumni Pam Dempsey '09 MS JOURN and Acton Gorton;and News-Gazette City Editor Mike Howie. Benson kicked off the project in one of her classes by having her students go to the neighborhood, do interviews, and study documents. Lerner, who was in the class, continued her work in Houston's investigative reporting class, and she teamed up with Dempsey, Gorton, and Howie for a deeper look into the Wilber Heights neighborhood and county regulations that limit homeowners' ability to maintain their property. Gorton, who is the CU-Citizen Access webmaster, worked with Lerner and Dempsey to create an interactive map that shows a time line of the deterioration of the neighborhood.
"We hope to repeat and improve this mapping approach on upcoming stories. We plan to offer workshops at the College on using mapping for news gathering and presentation and to continue to work closely with classes," said Houston of the ongoing project.
The CU-Citizen Access project is funded by the Marajen Stevick Foundation, a News-Gazette foundation; a matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a journalism foundation based in Miami; and contributions from the UI.
- Journalism professor to debut documentary on WILL-TV October 12
Jay Rosenstein, associate professor of journalism, announced that his documentary will air on WILL-TV on October 12 at 7 p.m. The documentary, "The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today," profiles the U.S. Supreme Court case that set the foundation for the separation of church and state in public schools.There will be a repeat broadcast on Friday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m., following by a one-hour live call-in show featuring Rosenstein.
- Roger Ebert remembers influential UI professor in recent blog post
Chicago Sun-Times (July 12) -- "One of the most intriguing classes I took at the University of Illinois was devoted to the Green Tradition in America," recalled film critic Roger Ebert '64 JOURN. "It was taught by Sherman Paul, a famous English professor, who identified a theme running through literature, architecture, design, art, music...." Read entire blog post...
- Photojournalist Brian Johnson presented his work at VisCom24 conference
Journalism Department Head Brian Johnson recently presented his recent creative work at the VisCom24 conference in Portland, Ore. His session, "Practice What You Pr(T)each," outlined his philosophy for his work: carry a camera at all times and photograph every scene, following what he describes as the "Cardinal Rule of Photojournalism." He says this precept leads to a "hands-off" approach to his "found" images. He shoots scenes in nature, on the street, or in a cafe that he finds by observing the usual around him and capturing it with his digital camera. View the presentation and images...
- Journalism graduate students collaborate with Chicago Tribune investigations team
With help from Brant Houston, Knight chair professor in investigative reporting, former journalism graduate students Stephanie Lulay and Marissa Monson worked with the Chicago Tribune investigations team on an article published July 5 on toxic sites in Illinois. Lulay and Monson conducted the collaborative research as part of an independent study project headed by Houston and continued it after graduating. The article disclosed that at least 100 sites in the state "are contaminated with varying amounts of hazardous chemicals including coal tar, a byproduct of the coal-burning process that contains carcinogens such as benzene, as well as other toxic substances, like cyanide." According to their investigation, the cleanup and identification of these sites has dragged on for years, or even decades, in a process that is expensive, often contentious and nowhere near complete. Read the entire article...
- 4-H youth get hands-on experience in broadcast journalism at UI-7
High school students from around the state took over the UI-7 set in the Richmond Teaching Studio on June 28-30 to learn the ins and outs of broadcast journalism. As part of the Illini Summer Academies, sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development and the Department of Journalism in the College of Media, the students got hands-on experience in filming, reporting, and editing a television news story.
Coached by John Paul, lecturer in journalism, Kate Brickman, UI-7 program coordinator, and Mitch Kazel, director of broadcast journalism resources and facilities, the teenagers worked in the newly installed UI-7 news set and production room. Jhane Reifsteck and Angelina Cole, journalism graduate students, helped to coordinate the program with the Extension staff.
"The youth seemed to really enjoy the experience," said Debra Stocker, Extension specialist with 4-H Youth Development. "One of our planning committee members was really enthusiastic about what they did and learned."
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- Journalism professors talk about students' role in newspaper industry
American Journalism Review (June/July 2010) -- In a story about the recently formed Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, journalism professors weigh in on the role of students in the newsroom. Brant Houston, the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting and former executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, said, "One of the things I like best about working with students is it gives me new ideas. It's discovering things you never knew, fresh ideas." Read entire article...
- UI-7 cable studios get a new set for student news production
UI-7, the cable television service of the University of Illinois, is getting a new set for its student-produced news show in Richmond Studio in Campbell Hall for Telecommunications. "Thanks to a generous contribution from local television station WCIA-3, said Kate Brickman '07 JOURN, UI-7's program coordinator, "we'll be tearing down everything at WCIA, moving it to Richmond, and then starting to put it all back together again." With help from Mitch Kazel, director of broadcast journalism resources and facilities, and John Paul '10 MS JOURN, lecturer in journalism, she plans to have the new studio ready for use in the fall semester.
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- Advertising alumnus Bill Geist and journalism alumna Charla Krupp present at Biennial Conference for Women
Bill Geist '68 ADV an Emmy Award-winning correspondent and commentator for CBS News, and style guru Charla Krupp '75 JOURN both presented at the University of Illinois' Biennial Conference for Women held May 19-20 on the Urbana campus. The longest running conference for women in the nation, the Biennial Conference draws women from all over the country. Attendees represent virtually all life paths. More information...
- Journalism student wins fourth place in national multimedia competition
Marie Wilson '10 JOURN/GWS won fourth place for her multimedia project in the 50th annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation's Journalism Awards Program. Her project was completed as part of Journalism's Digital Newsroom Practicum course and explained the local Big Broadband proposal to wire Champaign-Urbana with high-speed networking in under-served areas of town. Wilson produced all the content for the project and designed the site. She worked closely with Instructor Jean McDonald from conception to completion of the site. Illinois finished third overall in the final standings in the Hearst multimedia competition. See Wilson's web project...
- Roger Ebert '64 JOURN wins Webby award for Sun-Times blog work
Associated Press (May 4) — Though Roger Ebert lost his ability to speak after surgery for cancer, he has found a new and powerful voice online. The film critic was chosen as person of the year by the Webby Awards.
The 13th annual Webbys, which celebrate Internet achievement, were announced Tuesday by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-member group of Web experts.
Ebert was singled out for "raising the bar for online journalism" with his blog on the Chicago Sun-Times' website. He is also an avid Twitterer and is planning a new movie-review TV program that he says will have a strong presence online.
- Journalism graduate named Illinois Reporter of the Year by Illinois Press Association
Pioneer Local (April 30) — Pioneer Press staffer Chris LaFortune ' 99/'00 MS JOURN was named Illinois Reporter of the Year from the Illinois Press Association on Thursday. LaFortune was honored for his work in 2009, which included standout news and feature reporting on the Oak Park and River Forest communities. LaFortune started and maintains the popular Oak Park 365 blog and was one of the first reporters to grow his reader base through Facebook and Twitter. He mentors other newsroom staff on adopting social media. Read entire article...
- Journalism students to intern with Illinois Broadcasters Association
Two Journalism students have been selected to receive paid summer internships through the Illinois Broadcasters Association's Multicultural Internship Program. Ravi Bhatia '11 JOURN will be interning in the video production department of the Chicago Bears. Graduate student Brittney Henton '11 MS JOURN will be interning in the newsroom of WDAN Radio in Danville. The IBA multicultural program has existed for more than 20 years and places students in paid broadcasting internships across Illinois. Recipients are competitively selected among applicants from state universities.
- Essay by journalism professor Brant Houston in spring issue of American Academy of Arts and Sciences journal
Brant Houston, Knight Chair Professor in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting, has an article, "The future of investigative journalism," in the Spring 2010 issue of Daedalus, the journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Daedalus draws on the enormous intellectual capacity of the American Academy, whose members are among the nation's most prominent thinkers in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Each issue addresses a theme with authoritative essays on topics such as judicial independence, reflecting on the humanities, the global nuclear future, the challenge of mass incarceration, the future of news, the economy, the military, and race. Download a PDF of essay...
- Journalism students and alumni win seven Illinois News Broadcasters Assocation SINBA awards
Broadcast journalism students won seven awards — five firsts and two seconds — in this year's Illinois News Broadcasters Association's "SINBA" Awards. The honors were announced at the INBA spring conference on April 17-18 in Oak Brook, Ill. The winners are:
- UI-7 News "Faces in the Crowd," 2nd Place Soft TV News Program
- Mandy Lockman, 1st Place Overall Graduate Performance
- Tim Ditman, 1st Place Radio Sports Reporting
- UI-7 News, 1st Place Radio Newscast
- Alison Trouy, 2nd Place Radio News Reporting
- Melissa Chua, 1st Place Use of Radio Sound
- Laura Hettiger, 1st Place Radio Grad Performance
Illinois Associated Press broadcast news awards also were presented at the event. Broadcast journalism alumna Amanda Vinicky '03 JOURN of WUIS-FM in Springfield won two first place prizes for Downstate Radio Best Investigative Report and Downstate Radio Best Light Feature. Alumnus Andy Banker '89 JOURN of KTVI-TV in St. Louis won second place prize for Chicago-St. Louis TV Best Newswriter. Alumna Katie Heinz '05 JOURN represented WICS-TV in Springfield in picking up two first place station awards for Downstate TV Outstanding News Operation and Downstate TV Best Newscast.
- Journalism professor Leon Dash serves as judge in NYU journalism competition
- CU-Citizens Access journalism project wins statewide award
A project spearheaded by journalism professors Brant Houston and Rich Martin earned an award from the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association (IAPEA) Division A (newspapers with a circulation 40,001 or more). Their CU-Citizens Access project won second place in the competition. They share the prize with the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, their partner in the project.
- Documentary on journalist Iris Chang will air on UI-7 and online April 27
To mark the fifth anniversary of the Iris Chang Journalism Award, the Department of Journalism will broadcast on UI-7 and online "IRIS CHANG: The Rape of Nanking," a feature documentary film by Bill Spahic and Anne Pick from Toronto-based Real to Reel Productions. The screening will take place April 27 at 6 p.m. on UI-7, the University's cable channel, and will be availableonline from 5-10 p.m. at http://will.illinois.edu/iris-chang.
The documentary brings the audience along with author, journalist, and College of Media alumna Iris Chang (1968-2004) on her passionate pursuit of the truth regarding the Nanking Massacre of 1937, during which almost 300,000 Chinese women, children and soldiers were systematically murdered, tortured, and raped by invading Japanese forces. The film shows the effect on Chang as she unearthed extraordinary stories of survivors; diaries and films from Western missionaries who stayed behind to create a safety zone for refugees; and confessions of Japanese soldiers. Chang was raised in Champaign-Urbana, attended Urbana's University Lab High School, and earned a bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Illinois.
The Iris Chang Award was established by Chang through an estate provision. Support of the memorial has grown the fund to nearly $40,000 — currently enabling the Department of Journalism to maintain a $1,500 annual award for a deserving journalism student. For more information about supporting the fund, please contact Michelle Wellens, assistant dean for advancement.
- Journalism department hosts on-campus and online TEDxUIllinois conference
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, the Department of Journalism hosted TEDxUIllinois on April 1, making the event available online as well. More than 80 people attended the program, and many more around the country watched the online video stream of the talks and the discussions. The event was organized by Illinois College of Media alumnus Greg Lindsay '99 JOURN and Brant Houston, the Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting in the Journalism Department at the College.
Speakers included: May Berenbaum, Swanlund Professor and head of the Department of Entomology; Donna Cox, director, eDreams Institute and Michael Aiken Chair; Leon Dash, Swanlund professor of journalism and director of the UI Center for Advanced Study; Julian Dibbell, Gregory Miller Visiting Professor and technology journalist in information technology; Theo Gray, director of User Interface Technology, Wolfram Research; Charles Hillman, director, Neurocognitive Kinesiology Laboratory, and associate professor; Paul J. Ingrassia, former editor and reporter at The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones; Stephen Levinson, professor, electrical and computer engineering and Beckman Institute faculty member in Artificial Intelligence Group; Rose Marshack, founder, Poster Children, and professor of music and arts technology, Illinois State University; and Rick Valentin, founder, Poster Children, and Web specialist, Beckman Institute.
"We are pleased the College of Media and one of its alumni could bring together such a terrific group of speakers," said Houston. "And we hope to do this again next year."
- Journalism students take home awards from Society of Professional Journalists
Laura Hettiger MS JOURN took first place for Radio Sports Reporting, and Rachel Havey '11 JOURN took second for Radio News Reporting in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 5 Mark of Excellence student competition. This year, the contest received more than 3,600 entries. The honorees were awarded certificates on March 27 during the SPJ Region 5 Spring Conference at the Loyola University Chicago in Chicago. First-place regional winners, including Hettiger, will advance to the national round of judging. National winners will be announced in mid-May. Region 5 includes Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky.
- College faculty and staff honored with campus awards
The College of Media is proud to announce that three members of its faculty and staff were recognized with prestigious campus awards for their outstanding performance and excellence on the job and in the classroom. This is a wonderful recognition of their dedicated service to the College of Media and stellar careers at the University of Illinois. Honorees will be recognized at the annual College of Media Honors Reception in April.
2010 Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award
Cinda Robbins-Cornstubble, program administrative assistant in Department of Advertising
Campus’ Teaching Excellence Award
Steve Helle, professor of journalism
Department of Advertising’s Teaching Excellence Award
Peter Sheldon, lecturer in advertising
- Ebert Film Festival schedule announced; films to include 'Pink Floyd The Wall' and 'Apocalypse Now Redux'
The schedule for the Roger Ebert's annual film festival has been released on the festival's web site. Films include "Synecdoche, New York," "Barfly," "I Capture the Castle," and "Song Sung Blue." The festival will be April 21-25 at the Virginia Theater in Champaign and the Illini Union on the Urbana campus. Ebert, a Chicago Sun-Times film critic, is a native of Urbana and a 1964 journalism graduate from the College. Other movies on the schedule include the 2009 Oscar Winner "Departures" and a 2007 film shot in Rwanda called "Munyurangabo." Full schedule...
- Alumni Association honors journalism alumnus Will Leitch with loyalty award
The University of Illinois Alumni Association has awarded journalism alumnus Will Leitch '98 with the Loyalty Award for Exceptional Alumni Service. Leitch, a writer based in New York, has served as a mentor and host to College of Media students and young alumni throughout his career. In fact, Leitch has never been shy about being an Illini in any of the publications he has written for, including Sporting News, New York Magazine, and the Gawker Media Sports blog, Deadspin.com.
Established in 1957, the UIAA Loyalty Award is bestowed upon alumni who have made significant, notable, and meritorious contributions, and who have consistently demonstrated exceptional loyalty, commitment, dedication and service to the University of Illinois Alumni Association for the advancement of their Alma Mater.
Interim Dean Walt Harrington was on hand to honor Leitch with the award at a ceremony in New York on March 11. The dinner coincided with the annual networking trip made by journalism students to editors at various magazines in New York. Leitch has often used his connections to make sure College of Media students get an inside glimpse into New York's magazine industry.
Founding editor of the Gawker Media sports blog Deadspin, Leitch is also a contributing editor at New York Magazine as well as a contributor to The New York Times, GQ, Fast Company, and Slate. He has published three books: "Catch," "Life as a Loser," and "God Save the Fan: How Steroid Hypocrites, Soul-Sucking Suits, and a Worldwide Leader Not Named Bush Have Taken the Fun Out of Sports." While at the University of Illinois, he was an editor at the Daily Illini.
Leitch has served as a mentor for the many Media students who have moved to New York to find work. Without him, many students’ transitions would not have been so easy. He has never hesitated to spend time guiding students through the hectic world of journalism in the Big Apple.
- Journalism department head Brian Johnson honored by American Press Institute
Brian Johnson, department head of journalism, has been awarded The James H. Ottaway Fellowship by the American Press Institute. The fellowship provides funding to attend an API seminar. Johnson will attend the "Beyond the Newsroom" seminar March 22-24 in Reston, Va., at the API headquarters and at The Newseum in Washington, D.C.
- Journalism professor Steve Helle interviewed about Freedom of Information Act
Southtown Star (Tinley Park, Ill.) — U. of I. journalism professor Steve Helle says Illinois may be on its way to becoming one of the most open-government states in the country with the passage of the more powerful Freedom of Information Act that went into effect Jan. 1. "It’s a fine act," Helle said. Read entire article...
- Journalism professor Leon Dash delivers lecture on the University's program for students with disabilities
Leon Dash, Swanlund Chair and professor of journalism, talked at the Wednesday Forum, on March 3, 2010. His lecture, titled "My Destiny and Yours," detailed the University of Illinois' comprehensive program for students with disabilities, the first such program in the United States. He discussed what has been accomplished and what remains to be done for the 1,200 student with disabilities on the Illinois campus.
Through his research Dash concluded that these students remain an isolated, marginalized group on campus, similarly to people with disabilities in larger society.
The Wednesday Forum was hosted by Dr. Clifford Christians, chair of the doctoral program in communications and media and former director of the Institute of Communications Research. The lecture was recorded and edited by UI-7, the cable TV service of the College of Media at Illinois.
- Film critic Roger Ebert '64 JOURN unveils new voice with Oprah
CHICAGO (Sun-Times) — Nearly four years after Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert lost his voice to cancer surgery, "Roger Jr." made his national debut this morning on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." "How are you feeling?" Winfrey asked Ebert, greeted by rapturous applause. "Terrific," Ebert replied, using special computer technology that voices what he types. Read entire article...
- Johnson named head of journalism department
Brian Johnson will be named head of the Department of Journalism, pending final campus and trustee approval. A former staff photojournalist with The News-Gazette, Johnson has been on faculty at the College of Media since 1988. He has served as both associate and interim head of the department prior to this appointment.
"Brian comes from a background of multimedia journalism," said Walt Harrington, interim dean of the College, in an interview with The Daily Illini. "He has been at the forefront of those changes for more than a decade, making him an exciting choice to lead us into the new frontier."
Johnson has received recognition for his teaching, including being named a Vice Chancellor's Teaching Scholar and Faculty Member of the Year by the University of Illinois Dads Association. He was twice the head of the Visual Communications Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the former vice president of the Illinois Press Photographers Association.
Harrington described Johnson as deeply experienced in the College and University cultures, adding, "he will promote and defend journalism's mission with vigor, creativity, and intelligence."
"We'll be taking a hard look at our curriculum, to see where we need to go based on what's happening in journalism and the media industry broadly," said Johnson, in an interview with The News-Gazette.
Johnson has received more than 60 national, regional, and state awards for his photojournalism, multimedia, and videos. Johnson's work has been published in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsday, and other publications. He was the editor of the book, "C-U in Seven Plus, A Week (Plus a little bit more) in the Life of Champaign-Urbana." His multimedia project, "This Bond," won Best Faculty Creative Project from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Read Johnson's Faculty Profile...
- Journalism Professor Chris Benson speaks at National Association of Black Journalists discussion panel on Urbana campus
Chris Benson, associate professor in journalism and African American studies, served with other U of I scholars on the "What's Black in the News: Violence in the Black Community" panel discussion. The event was hosted by the National Association of Black Journalists, the NAACP, the Bruce D. Nesbit African American Cultural Center, and UI Facilities and Services. Other presenters included Jennifer Hamer, associate professor of African American studies; Jocelyn Landrum-Brown, faculty member in Educational Psychology and program coordinator for the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations; and William Patterson, associate director of the Nesbit African American Cultural Center.
- Knight Chair Brant Houston served as judge for 2010 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting
Brant Houston, Knight Chair Professor in Investigative Reporting, was among several noted journalists on the judges panel for the 2010 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting. The award went to T. Christian Miller, a senior reporter for the non-profit news outlet ProPublica and a former reporter at the Los Angeles Times. The Selden Ring Award underscores the critical importance of investigative journalism in today's society by recognizing published investigative reporting that has brought results. Houston was joined by judges Len Downie, former editor of The Washington Post, and Melanie Sill, editor of The Sacramento Bee.
- UI-7 coordinator Kate Brickman '07 JOURN earns first place for I-Cook television show
Kate Brickman '07 JOURN, coordinator for UI-7, the University's cable television channel, was honored for her work on the I-Cook television show produced in cooperation with the Campus Recreation marketing staff. The production and the team that worked on it was awarded first place in the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Creative Excellence Awards. The awards program was designed to recognize the innovation and creativity of NIRSA members and acknowledge their outstanding accomplishments in marketing recreational sports, fitness, facilities, and programs. Production team members included executive producers Erik Riha, Campus Recreation, and Kate Brickman, UI-7; host Susan Kundrat, Campus Recreation; and producer Janet Kroencke, Campus Recreation. I-Cook is a collaboration between UI-7 and Campus Recreation. It is filmed once a month and focuses on quick and healthy recipes. The show is filmed at the Instructional Kitchen in the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). It airs weekly throughout Champaign-Urbana on UI-7.
- Knight Chair Brant Houston served as judge in 2009 Meyer Journalism Award program
Brant Houston, Knight Chair Professor in Investigative Reporting, was one of four Knight Chair judges in the 2009 Philip Meyer Journalism Award, an honor that recognizes the best uses of social science methods in journalism. The awards will be presented on March 13 in Phoenix at the 2010 Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference. In honor of Philip Meyer, professor emeritus and former Knight Chair of Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the award is administered by the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (a joint program of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Missouri School of Journalism) and the Knight Chair in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Award winners include:
- First Place: USA Today with "The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air and America's Schools." Reporters Blake Morrison and Brad Heath spearheaded a project that examined the levels of air pollution at schools across the country and identified thousands of schools where the air was far more toxic than in other nearby neighborhoods.
- Second Place: The Seattle Times with "MRSA: Culture of Resistance." Reporters Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong exposed a huge increase in Washington hospitals of the cases of the drug resistant germ MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphloccus aureus) - and the state inspection system that allowed it to happen.
- Third Place: The Chicago Tribune with "Compromised Care." A team that included reporters David Jackson, Gary Marx and Sam Roe, and Web applications and data management by Brian Boyer, Joe Germuska and Ryan Mark revealed failures to protect elderly patients in Illinois nursing homes that have been used increasingly to house mentally ill younger residents, including murderers and sex offenders.
- Honorable Mention: Arizona Republic with "Perfectly Legal." Robert Anglen, Ryan Konig, Andrew Long and David Fritze used social network analysis tools to examine a system in which 22 charities and dozens of affiliates moved millions of dollars among themselves while often performing little charitable work.
- Knight professor Brant Houston leads journalism ethics workshop at UW-Madison
Brant Houston, Knight Chair Professor in Investigative Reporting, teamed with the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism to stage a ground-breaking roundtable on emerging ethical issues for new investigative newsrooms January 29 in Madison, Wis. The workshop looked at the ethics of new investigative newsrooms and questions about agenda-setting, conflicts of interest, fundraising and new technologies. Stephen J. Ward, James E. Burgess Professor of Journalism Ethics and director of the Center for Journalism Ethics, and Houston led the workshop.
- Journalism professors launch Web site for CU-Citizen Access poverty project
Journalism professors Rich Martin and Brant Houston announce the launch of CU-CitizenAccess.org, a new Web site that focuses on poverty and related issues in Champaign County, Ill. An integral part of the larger CU-Citizen Access project, the Web site offers a place for citizens, journalists, and university students to share news, raise and discuss issues, find assistance, and suggest solutions. Backed with funding from the Marajen Stevick Foundation and the University of Illinois with a matching grant from the John S. Knight and James L. Knight Foundation, the project is intended to bring together all parts of the community to disclose and deal with the issues associated with citizens living in poverty or on low wages. The CU-Citizen Access project also is intended to create as many avenues as possible for citizens to address these issues, whether through this Web site, in-person or through email, social networks like Twitter, cell phones, photos, and news stories.
The News-Gazette is a project collaborator, along with contributions from the faculty and students from the Journalism Department in the College of Media. Mike Howie, city editor and online editor of The News-Gazette, coordinates the newspaper's participation in stories and reporting, while Journalism Department instructors and project reporters Pam Dempsey and Shelley Smithson develop stories and content for the project. Acton Gorton, a Journalism Department graduate, is the Web administrator, and the local firm, OJC Technologies, helped create the site. Visit CU-CitizenAccess.org...
- Take a tour of the campus' new Business Instructional Facility, thanks to UI-7 student intern Karis Morrall '10 JOURN
UI-7's Karis Morrall '10 JOURN explored all that makes the new Business Instructional Facility on the UI campus "green." Join UI-7 on a tour of the BIF and learn what makes it the first "green" building in the University's 141-year-old history:
- Journalism faculty member Jabari Asim selected for ESSENCE Magazine's online book club
Jabari Asim, scholar-in-residence in journalism and African American studies, has joined a cadre of celebrated African American authors as one of the newest recommended reads in the ESSENCE Magazine Book Club. Asim's recent book "A Taste of Honey" was selected for the nation's largest African American online reading group, and will be featured in the March 2010 issue of ESSENCE. The ESSENCE Book Club Recommended Read Program identifies exciting works—both the newly published and classics—and offers avid readers an opportunity to connect through an online book club. The club has featured more than 23 titles since its creation in March 2006, including "Baby Brother's Blues" by Pearl Cleage, the New York Times bestseller "Life Is Short But Wide" by J. California Cooper, "A Deep Dark Secret" by Kimberla Lawson Roby, and Hill Harper's recent book "The Conversation."
- Two journalism students, longtime friends, both land jobs in remote corners of the U.S.
Christine Kim '09 JOURN and Susanna Pak '09 JOURN studied in tandem throughout their time in the Department of Journalism. After meeting in junior high, the two reporters went to different high schools and then met again at the University of Illinois in their freshman year. They’d both wanted to be journalists from a young age and both chose Illinois independently of each other. After four years, these two close friends both found jobs in broadcast journalism though on opposite poles of the country. Kim landed a position in Alaska at KTUU-Anchorage, while Pak found her first job in Hawaii at KHON-TV Honolulu. While one may enjoy a better climate year around, both now can enjoy two of America’s most remote and beautiful states doing what they love. Read more about Christine Kim and Susanna Pak.
- Dave Eggers '02 JOURN and team at San Francisco-based McSweeney's publishing house prepare to launch print newspaper in digital age
San Francisco Chronicle — A small group of young writers and artists who work out of the back of a stationery shop in San Francisco's Mission District—and are dedicated to preserving the printed word—have turned their attention to "old" media: the newspaper. On Dec. 8, McSweeney's, an independent publishing house founded in San Francisco by writer Dave Eggers '02 JOURN, will release its version of a newspaper, San Francisco Panorama, and selected content will be featured in the San Francisco Chronicle starting in December. Read entire article...
- Journalism professor Brant Houston provides tips on being your own investigative journalist
The Jewish Daily Forward (New York City) -- Brant Houston, Knight Chair Professor in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting, talks about the information that can be obtained from the International Revenue Service's 990 form in "Be Your Own Investigative Journalist: A Guide To Reading Non-Profit Tax Returns." Asked why the IRS 990 form must be made publicly available, Houston explained, "Taxpayers are helping to support your endeavors — by exempting you from federal taxes — and thus they have a right to know how their money is spent." Read entire article...
- Investigative journalist and author Seymour Hersh awarded Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Seymour Hersh, longtime contributor to The New Yorker magazine and the writer who exposed both the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq and the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, was this year's recipient of the Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism. Read more... | View photos of the event...
- Journalism professor's documentary to be narrated by M*A*S*H* veteran actor David Ogden Stiers
Jay Rosenstein, associate professor of journalism, has arranged with actor David Ogden Stiers, best known for his starring role as Major Charles Winchester on the hit TV show M*A*S*H, to be the narrator for his latest documentary, "The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today." The documentary tells the story of Vashti McCollum of central Illinois, who filed a historic lawsuit that set the foundation for the separation of church and state in public schools. Stiers is a high-profile narrator for many PBS documentaries, including several American Experience programs such has Ric Burns' multi-part series "New York." Stiers has an additional connection to Rosenstein's documentary, having spent some of his childhood in Urbana, Ill. The narration was recorded in October at Digital One studio in Portland, Ore.
- Knight Professor Brant Houston weighs in on a report co-authored by former Washington Post editor on future of journalism
Chicago Tribune (from The Associated Press) -- Many in the journalism business have argued journalists should focus on finding new for-profit models for supporting their craft rather than look for handouts. "It's hard to think of a time when change was not controversial," said Brant Houston, Knight Chair Professor in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the College of Media. What could be worse, he argues, is if nothing is done, and journalists continue to lose their jobs.
- New book from Journalism and Law Professor Amy Gajda on litigation in academia
Amy Gajda, assistant professor of journalism and law, has a new book from Harvard University Press titled "The Trials of Academe: The New Era of Campus Litigation." Gajda shows that litigation is now common on university campuses, fear of litigation is even more common. Her book explores the origins and causes of the litigation trend, its implications for academic freedom, and what lawyers, judges, and academics themselves can do to limit the potential damage. "Professors sue each other for defamation based on assertions in research articles or tenure review letters; students sue professors for breach of contract when an F prevents them from graduating; professors threaten to sue students for unfairly criticizing their teaching," says a Harvard University Press description of the book. Gajda's account introduces the two forces driving the changes: the litigious academic who sees academic prerogative as a matter of legal entitlement and the skeptical judge who is increasingly willing to set aside decades of academic deference to pronounce campus rights and responsibilities. Gajda's book has received several positive reviews, including one from Stanley Fish with The New York Times. More about Gajda's book from Harvard University Press...
- Alumna's family dedicates Joan Dommermuth Conference Room in College of Media Student Services Center
Left to right: Family members Sam Eickstedt, Jean Dommermuth, and Halle, Karin, and Paul O'Connor were on hand to dedicate the Joan Dommermuth Conference Room in the Student Services Center.
Family and friends were on hand October 9 to dedicate the Joan Dommermuth Conference Room in The News-Gazette Student Services Center in the College of Media. Joan "Jody" Hasty Dommermuth '50 JOURN was remembered at the reception by several family members, including Karin O'Connor '82 LAS, her husband Paul O'Connor '81 BUS, and her sister, Jean Dommermuth '86 LAS/'88MBA.
Dommermuth's campus experience in the post-World War II era was memorable and colorful, especially her adventures as a staffer at The Daily Illini where she served as Business Manager during her senior year. Her specialization in publication management provided her with an excellent toolkit and the business skills she later used as a copywriter at Sears, Roebuck and Company and the Chicago Tribune.
The gift from the O'Connor family honored Dommermuth with the named conference room and a fund for the College's Web Technology Project, building a foundation for a modern Web site and server technology.
- Journalism Professor Jay Rosenstein speaks on his documentary In Whose Honor?
Associate Professor of Journalism Jay Rosenstein was the featured speaker at the September 30 event, "Deconstructing the Mascot," sponsored by el Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan. Rosenstein spoke to an audience of more than 100 students, faculty, staff, and community members after a screening of his documentary "In Whose Honor?" Since releasing the documentary in 1997, Rosenstein has been a frequent national speaker and a recognized expert on the subject of Native American mascots in sports.
- Roger Ebert's Film Festival passes go on sale November 1
Passes for the 12th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival will go on sale November 1. The festival, or “Ebertfest," will be held April 21-25, 2010, at the Virginia Theater in Champaign, Ill., and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. More information...
- Journalism students win awards at Illinois Broadcasters Association's student conference
The College of Media's Department of Journalism was well represented at the 2009 Illinois Broadcasters Association's student conference (IBA-U). Broadcast journalism students won awards in five categories, including:
- Alison Trouy '11 JOURN - First Place Silver Dome Award for Best Radio Newscast and Second Place for Best Radio News Story
- CeCe Marizu '10 JOURN - Second Place for Best Radio Sports Story
- UI-7 News - Third Place for Best Television Newscast
- Christine Kim '09 JOURN - Third Place for Best Television Photography
In addition, journalism graduate student Hala Nimeh appeared on a panel discussing IBA's Multicultural Internship Program. Hala participated in the program this past summer.
In addition to the awards ceremonies, student participants also took part in sessions and workshops, such as "Today's TV News Producer," "If I Knew Then What I Know Now," and "Creative Services." Panelists consisted of professional reporters and faculty to advise and share their experiences in the broadcast industry. Students were encouraged to bring resume tapes for critique sessions in TV News, Radio, and TV News Photography.
The message of IBA-U is very clear for students: reporters, writers, producers and photographers should be working toward being experts in all aspects of media. Moderator Allen May of Northern Illinois University, said "The last thing you want to be is a 'dime a dozen' reporter. The all around reporter is high in demand and the 'one-man band' in television news is on the rise."
May also advised students to build professional profiles, resumes and tapes because they are essential to the efforts of self-marketing. However, the key advice given was to get experience while a student. Internships coupled with course work are excellent ways to build resumes.
Participants were reminded of the three B's of broadcasting: Be Motivated. Be Equipped. Be Original.
A career fair concluded the conference where broadcast agency representatives spoke to students about career opportunities and internships.
- Illini Media inducts five College of Media graduates into Hall of Fame
Illini Media, independent student media at University of Illinois, inducted six alumni into its Illini Media Hall of Fame in October. The Hall of Fame honors former Illini Media employees who have launched distinguished careers in the newspaper, broadcast and publishing industries after gaining valuable experience working as student reporters, editors, air personalities and more at Illini Media. The inductees this year include five College of Media graduates:
- Charla Krupp '75 JOURN, best selling author of "How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look Ten Years Younger, Ten Pounds Lighter, Ten Times Better"
- G. Robert Hillman '72 JOURN, senior editor of Politico and Politico.com
- Joseph Urschel '74 JOURN, executive director and senior vice president of the Newseum
- Alan D. Mutter '70/'74 MS JOURN, adjunct faculty member of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley and “Reflections of a Newsosaur" blogger
- Richard Sublette '57 JOURN/'62 MS RADIO-TELEVISION, former general manager of Illini Media, former publisher of UCLA's The Daily Bruin and former general manager of Florida State University's student media
- Art Anderson '56/'58 MS ENGR, former engineer and consultant for Delco Electronics and owner of Computer Systems and Software
All the inductees, nominated and selected by fellow alumni, are former employees of The Daily Illini newspaper and WPGU-FM 107.1, two units of Illini Media. Illini Media is a not-for-profit company that also publishes Buzz weekly, Illio yearbook and Technograph engineering magazine. To mark the Hall of Fame inductions, Illini Media is celebrating with a number of activities October 3 and 4 on the University of Illinois campus. The events culminate with a Hall of Fame induction brunch at which five 2009 inductees will be present. Read more...
- Journalism student Shannon Smith's interest in journalism developed as a teen working with Chicago's True Star Foundation
Shannon Smith '12 JOURN got her first experience with journalism while still a high school student, thanks to the True Star Foundation in Chicago. She worked on the teen-focused True Star Magazine, and now, as an alumna of the program, says, "I had never thought about journalism until I started working with True Star. Working with them made me realize this is what I want to do."
Through True Star's after-school and summer programs, high school students are partnered with industry experts and mentored in the fields of journalism, graphic design, photography, event planning, sales and marketing to produce the magazine. Read more about Shannon's experience...
- UI-7 cable channel gives journalism student a chance to produce her own show, Elbow Grease
Karis Morrall, a senior in Broadcast Journalism, is making waves as a student intern for UI-7, the College's cable television service. As one of UI-7's two paid interns, Morrall is expanding her own camera experience, while writing, editing, and producing her own programs for the channel. Read more about Karis and watch "Elbow Grease"...
- Professor Brant Houston to keynote at African Investigative Journalism Conference in November 2009
Brant Houston, Knight Chair of investigative journalism and former executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) in the US and David Kaplan of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) will be the keynote speakers at the November 2009 African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC), hosted by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), the national media watch group, and Witwatersrand University's Power Reporting Conference (Wits). FAIR and 'Wits' have come together in a joint endeavour to establish the AIJC as the African 'leg' of the Global Investigative Journalism Conference, held biannually by the Global Investigative Journalism Network, of which FAIR is a founder member. The AIJC, scheduled for Johannesburg, South Africa, will feature internationally renowned African investigative journalists such as Sorious Samura, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, and Frank Nyakairu. The Conference will shine an investigative spotlight on three main themes: sports, business and justice. The business theme will deal with investigating the African consequences of the global economic meltdown and announce the first results of FAIR's Transnational Investigation of this year into the subject. The justice theme will see journalists presenting their investigations into the imprisonment of innocent people in African (and other) jails, whilst the sports theme has invited investigators and denouncers of corruption in the sports industry to present their work. In between the public debates, panel sessions and case studies, FAIR members will also hold their AGM at the event and elect a new Board for 2010.
- Illinois Public Radio wins four awards in Capitolbeat's 2009 Best of Statehouse Reporting Awards
Illinois Public Radio picked up four awards in Capitolbeat's 2009 Best of Statehouse Reporting Awards, including First Place in the In-Depth Reporting category for coverage of the Rod Blagojevich saga. Capitolbeat is an association of reporters and editors who cover state governments. Illinois Public Radio covers Illinois state government for radio stations that are members of the Illinois Public Broadcasting Council.
First Place, Sean Crawford and Amanda Vinicky, WUIS/Illinois Public Radio, for The Fall of Governor Rod Blagojevich
Third Place (tie), Sean Crawford, Illinois Public Radio
Second Place, Amanda Vinicky, Illinois Public Radio, for Republican minority recruitment
Third Place, Sean Crawford, Illinois Public Radio, for The arrest of Rod Blagojevich
A complete list of the awards can be found at the Capitolbeat website.
- College of Media, Illinois Public Media, and Big Ten Network projects earn several EMMY nominations from Mid-America NATAS
College of Media faculty and Illinois Public Media had several faculty and staff listed among the nominees for the 2009 EMMY competition of the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). John Paul '77 RADIO-TELEVISION, lecturer in journalism and producer for Illinois Public Media, and Denise LaGrassa were nominated in the Documentary-Historical category for "True Illini Spirit." Alison Davis Wood '91 JOURN, lecturer in journalism and producer of Illinois campus programming for the Big Ten Network, and Tim Hartin, also a producer for Big Ten, were nominated in the same category, as well as in the Writer/Program category, for their film, "Lincoln: Prelude to the Presidency." Hartin and Wood were also nominated in the Historical /Cultural - Program Story/Feature category for their film on early librarians, "The Women Who Went West," and in the Arts/Entertainment-Program/Special category for their coverage of the Roger Ebert Film Festival. Jay Rosenstein '98 MS JOURN, associate professor of journalism, was nominated in the Documentary-Cultural category for his work, "The Amasong Chorus: Singing Out Again." Winners will be announced October 3, 2009, at the Regency Grand Hotel in St. Louis, Mo. NATAS Mid-America is one of 19 regional chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, headquartered in New York City. Congratulations to all the nominees!
- Journalism students produce television and radio programs on life in Romania
Ten journalism students produced two one-hour programs on life in Romania following European Union integration, and the treatment of Romanians in Italy as they travel abroad to find work. During a three-week trip to Romania and Italy as part of Professor Nancy Benson’s International Reporting course, the students reported on topics they had researched spring semester. Upon their return to Urbana-Champaign at the beginning of June, they produced a one-hour television documentary that was broadcast on the University cable channel UI-7. A one-hour radio show is still in development and will be broadcast on WILL radio on August 22 at 6 p.m. Both one-hour programs are also available online at "Revealing Romania," which also features the blog the students kept during their travels.
The students reported on a range of topics including the development of tourism in Romania, the Romanian wine industry, how the Hungarian minority inside Romania stays in touch with their cultural roots, and the status of the Roma minority. Often referred to as gypsies -- the Roma have suffered discrimination throughout Europe.
The journey started in the capital of Bucharest, where the students also met the U.S. Ambassador to Romania, a University of Illinois alumnus. Following their stay in Bucharest and the Transylvania town of Cluj, the students went on to Rome to document the treatment of Romanians in Italy. Romanians suffer discrimination in Rome, where the Mayor has even tried to deport Romanians that he labels criminals. It was outside Rome that the students found the first Romanian-run business center in Rome...opening just a few months earlier. It’s where Romanians send money home --- where children are schooled in Romanian ways --- where a bride can buy an affordable wedding gown--- and where Romanians shop for groceries imported from their homeland. Watch the "Revealing Romania" videos online at UI-7 on Vimeo.
- Asim interviewed about language in St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (July 26) -- Jabari Asim, scholar-in-residence in journalism and African American Studies, acknowledges the volatility of the N-word. “In my view there are very few instances where usage of the ‘N-word’ is defensible,” said Asim, whose book, “The N Word: Who Should Say it, Who Shouldn’t and Why,” was published in 2007. Those few instances are usually in the context of art, history and journalism, Asim said. Read the article online.
- Ehrlich to co-edit new scholarly journal, Image of the Journalist in Popular CultureEhrlich to co-edit new scholarly journal, Image of the Journalist in Popular CultureEhrlich to co-edit new scholarly journal, Image of the Journalist in Popular CultureEhrlich to co-edit new scholarly journal, Image of the Journalist in Popular CultureEhrlich to co-edit new scholarly journal, Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture
Matt Ehrlich, professor of journalism, is co-editor of The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture Journal (IJPC), a new refereed scholarly journal published through the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. The IJPC Journal is an online academic journal that adheres to the highest standards of peer review. Its purpose is to further the mission of the Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture Project to investigate and analyze, through research and publication, the conflicting images of journalists in every aspect of popular culture, from film, television, radio, fiction, commercials, cartoons and comic books to music, art, humor and video games -- demonstrating their impact on the public's perception of journalists. Read the journal online.
- Yates interviewed about Tokyo Rose for PBS' History Detectives
“History Detectives” (PBS, July 20) -- U. of I. journalism professor Ron Yates was interviewed about Tokyo Rose, the name GIs gave to the radio propagandists broadcasting from Japan in World War II. Yates’ reporting for the Chicago Tribune ultimately resulted in a presidential pardon for Iva Toguri, one of the broadcasters. Watch the video online. (Yates' interview is featured in Chapter 2, "Tokyo Rose Recording," at 46:54 in the video.)
- Journalism graduate earns Fulbright to study in Ukraine
Terrell J. Starr '09 MS JOURN/REES will study Russian and conduct research on the African Diaspora for two years in Ukraine on a Fulbright Scholarship. He spent two years in the republic of Georgia as a Peace Corps Volunteer and has traveled extensively throughout Eastern Europe. Upon completing his Fulbright experience, Starr plans to pursue a career in tourism and television, with a focus on tourism.
- Paul helps prepare journalism students for new media world
John Paul, lecturer in journalism, attended the Poynter Institute in February 2009. He was enrolled in a class called "Multimedia Journalism for College Educators" designed to help university instructors become better teachers at all things multimedia. The Journalism department is requiring all entering freshmen this fall to take a multimedia journalism course before they graduate. "The 'new media' world requires that our graduates be better educated about producing their reports in ALL platforms, not just print and broadcast," said Paul.
- Helle earns award for use of blogging in journalism curriculum
Steve Helle, professor of journalism, was honored with a first-place award for his use of blogging in his curriculum in the Teaching Ideas Competition of the Law and Policy Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC). Helle has found success incorporating blogging assignments into his communication law course. He spends the first half of the semester discussing First Amendment history, cases, values, and contemporary problems. During the latter half of the semester, he requires each student to write six to eight blog posts on any free speech or press topic of his/her choice. Each post must cite four to five sources and be at least 500 words long. Helle describes the posts as "research papers with an attitude." Students are also then expected to comment on two other students' blog posts each week, one assigned and one at their discretion. Helle evaluates each post and admits the grading can be time-consuming. But he's found that students relish the assignments. The idea has worked "beyond my wildest dreams," Helle said. "Every week is a First Amendment feast."
- Debut article on poverty from Journalism department's partnership with Knight Foundation and News-Gazette
The News-Gazette and the University of Illinois Department of Journalism have begun a project to engage citizens, educators, and other media in an ongoing examination of poverty and its related issues in Champaign County. Fostered by journalism faculty members Rich Martin and Brant Houston, the "Poverty Project" intends to go beyond traditional journalism by creating an interactive Web site where citizens can access and contribute information about these issues.
The project's inaugural article, "Champaign County no stranger to economic disparity and despair," written by Shelley Smithson and Pam G. Dempsey was published in the News-Gazette on July 12.
While news stories will be a significant part of this project, a major goal will be to provide access to information about the community to those citizens who seldom get that access.
The project is funded by the Marajen Stevick Foundation, a News-Gazette community foundation; a matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a journalism foundation based in Miami; and contributions from the University of Illinois. Through news articles, citizens' contributions of information, blogs, and other digital postings to The News-Gazette and project's Web sites, issues will be examined and information offered on how to deal with those issues. The issues will include those affecting disadvantaged residents including housing, health care access and government services. On the project Web site, community members will be able to write about their experiences, offer story tips and post photos and eyewitness reports about problems and solutions in their neighborhoods.
- Houston's work with Investigative News Network cited on National Public Radio
"Morning Edition" (National Public Radio, July 2) -- Brant Houston, Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting, will be on the board of Investigative News Network, a newly created coalition of not-for-profit media outlets -- including NPR -- formed to harness the scattered energy of investigative reporters no longer employed in the newsroom. Listen to the entire NPR story.
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