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  • 8/21/2015
    International film conference at the Illini Union and the Spurlock Museum on August 27-29, 2015
  • 6/26/2015
    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.
  • 5/11/2015
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  • 4/10/2015
    Jennifer Follis and Alicia Kozma have both been recognized with the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.
  • 3/9/2015
    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.
  • 3/4/2015PRSSA writer PRSSA by PRSSA published by PRSSA
    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.
  • 2/13/2015
    Imagine this: your film is presented as part of this year’s Super Bowl week activities in Phoenix. Then it’s added to the website of legendary journalist and PBS icon Bill Moyers. For many filmmakers, that could easily be the pinnacle of their careers. But for local documentary filmmaker and University of Illinois Media & Cinema Studies professor Jay Rosenstein, it’s just the latest chapter in the continuing saga of his 18-year-old groundbreaking film about American Indian sports mascots, “In Whose Honor?”.
  • 2/13/2015
    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.
  • 10/20/2014
    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.
  • 10/7/2014
    As part of the Homecoming 2014 celebrations the College of Media will welcome back two alumni as official Illini Comebacks guests.
  • 8/4/2014
    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.
  • 7/25/2014
    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.
  • 7/8/2014
    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.
  • 5/22/2014
  • 5/19/2014
    Visiting campus this summer? Be sure to check on campus construction first!
  • 4/30/2014
    Two College of Media academic advisors were recently recognized by the University of Illinois Academic Advising Community for their work.
  • 4/18/2014
    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.
  • 4/18/2014
    The Food Networks Class of the Media and Cinema Studies Department at the College of Media made a day trip to the Monsanto’s corporate campus in Chesterfield, Missouri to meet with researchers and representatives of their Communications team.
  • 4/18/2014
    Undergraduate research was celebrated on the Urbana campus the week of April 13 – 17.
  • 4/16/2014
    The Women's Resources Center is pleased to announce that Professor Safiya Noble has been selected to receive the 2014 Faculty Award as part of the Annual Women’s Awards Ceremony, an event celebrating student, faculty, and staff accomplishments on campus and honoring graduating women scholars.
  • 4/11/2014
  • 4/11/2014
    Alexis Rosado is graduating in Broadcast Journalism with a specialization in Political Science and Philosophy.
  • 4/2/2014
    Andrea Darlas ’94 JOURN will be the featured speaker at the College of Media Convocation May 17, 2014.
  • 3/12/2014
    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.
  • 3/4/2014
    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
  • 2/25/2014
    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.
  • 2/14/2014
    MACS Assistant Professor Anita Say Chan has published a book, “Networking Peripheries: Technological Futures and the Myth of Digital Universalism.”
  • 2/14/2014
    MACS Professor, Dr. Angharad N. Valdivia, will participate in Clarifying Conversations: Representations of Race and Identity in Contemporary American Culture on March 20, 2014.
  • 2/4/2014
  • 1/30/2014
    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.
  • 1/22/2014
    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.
  • 1/15/2014
    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.
  • 1/14/2014
    On Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:00 p.m., The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress will host a special lecture "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke: Coca-Cola Advertising and Cultural Revolutions of the 1960s" delivered by Amanda Ciafone, a scholar-in-residence at the Library Congress and Assistant Professor in the College of Media.
  • 12/6/2013
    Assistant Professor Anita Say Chan has been awarded several grants to support her study abroad courses.
  • 10/7/2013
    Thirty-two students from the College of Media have met the qualifications for membership in the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
  • 9/25/2013
    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.
  • 9/9/2013
    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.
  • 7/15/2013
    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.
  • 7/11/2013
    The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) is the leading scholarly organization in the United States dedicated to promoting a broad understanding of film, television, and related media through research and teaching grounded in the contemporary humanities tradition. Several College of Media faculty and students participated in the annual conference in Chicago.
  • 7/2/2013
    Clifford Christians has been awarded the Media Ecology Association's "Louis Forsdale Award for Outstanding Educator in the Field of Media Ecology."
  • 6/17/2013
    A number of College of Media faculty and graduate students are participating this week in the International Communications Association (ICA) Annual Conference.
  • 6/12/2013
    Dr. Jan Slater has agreed to serve as Dean of the College of Media through August 15, 2015.
  • 4/11/2013
    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.
  • 4/9/2013
    MACS Prof. Dr. Angharad Valdivia has been invited to speak at the University of California San Diego Department of Communications 30th anniversary.
  • 4/8/2013
    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.
  • 4/4/2013
    In just its first full year of operation, the website service has led to the creation of more than 700 new campus websites and the number keeps rising.
  • 4/3/2013
    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.
  • 3/14/2013
    The Illini Independent Film Festival is accepting submissions through March 30. The second annual festival, which ran last year under the name Movies to the MACS, hopes to provide student filmmakers with an opportunity to exhibit their creative visions to an appreciative audience of film lovers. While the festival focuses on local students work, submissions are open to anyone.
  • 2/28/2013
    MACS Professor, Dr. Angharad Valdivia, will participate in a public program of the National Communications Association entitled Clarifying Conversations, Representations of Race and Identity in Contemporary American Culture on April 16 at Emerson College.
  • 2/19/2013
    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.
  • 12/18/2012
    On December 9, 53 College of Media students were honored during the December Graduation Reception.
  • 12/12/2012
    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.
  • 11/29/2012
    Associate Professor Isabel Moline-Guzman and Professor Angharad Valdivia provided commentary for a new release Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype now available from the Media Education Foundation.
  • 11/28/2012
    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.
  • 11/5/2012
    MACS/ICR Prof. Anita Say Chan and MACS affiliate Prof. Kevin Hamilton have been named to an INTERSECT Group for 2013.
  • 10/15/2012
    Those wanting to take in all of the next Roger Eberts Film Festival, or Ebertfest, can purchase festival passes starting Nov. 1.
  • 9/26/2012
    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.
  • 9/7/2012
    There is so much good news to share about the College! Join us for the Chicago Alumni Reunion, Oct. 18.
  • 8/29/2012
    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.
  • 8/23/2012
    MACS Professor Angharad Valdivia and Professor Emeritus, John Nerone, both served as editors on the new International Encyclopedia of Media Studies releasing in April 2013.
  • 8/23/2012
    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.
  • 8/7/2012
    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!
  • 8/2/2012
    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.
  • 7/30/2012
    Professor Angharad N. Valdivia is currently serving a Fulbright Senior Specialist Assignment at the Institute de Comunicacion e Imagen at the University of Chile, in Santiago, Chile.
  • 6/13/2012
    The Illini 4000 is a non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against cancer, the support of those affected by cancer, and the documentation of how cancer impacts the lives of Americans.
  • 6/6/2012
    Associate Professor Christian Sandvig has been appointed to the Broadband Deployment Council, an executive body reporting jointly to the Illinois governor and the State of Illinois assembly.
  • 6/6/2012
    College of Media Summer Kickoff Party for Alumni and New Grads is June 8!
  • 5/24/2012
    MACS Professor Christian Sandvig was recently quoted in a New York Times article 'Google Privacy Inquiries Get Little Cooperation.'
  • 5/2/2012
    MACS Assistant Professor, Anna Westersthl Stenport, was quoted in an Inside Illinois story about INSPIRE: Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange.
  • 4/27/2012
    MACS Professor Julie Turnock has been granted a Criticism & Interpretive Theory Junior Research Fellowship for 2012-2014.
  • 4/25/2012Jeff Bossert writer Jeff Bossert by Jeff Bossert published by Jeff Bossert
    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.
  • 4/23/2012
    Rick Kaplan, award-winning broadcast journalist and producer, will be the keynote speaker at the College of Media convocation ceremony May 12, 2012.
  • 3/28/2012
    From the Chronicle of Higher Education: Crowdsourced Book-Review Project Puts Critiques Online
  • 3/21/2012
  • 3/15/2012
    Professor Christian Sandvig [MACS and ICR] was awarded one of two faculty Campus Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement [CAEPE]. Extending his work on new communications infrastrucutre and public policy, Dr. Sandvig has created a long-term mutually beneficial collaboration with the Tribal Digital Village in Pala, California.
  • 3/14/2012
    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.
  • 3/8/2012
    Professor Christian Sandvig, MACS and ICR, will speak at this month's SXSW Interactive, part of the larger South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival of original music, independent film, and emerging technology.
  • 3/5/2012Nadin Ghaith writer Nadin Ghaith by Nadin Ghaith published by Nadin Ghaith
    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.
  • 3/5/2012Rachel Caulfield writer Rachel Caulfield by Rachel Caulfield published by Rachel Caulfield
    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.
  • 3/1/2012Rachel Caulfield writer Rachel Caulfield by Rachel Caulfield published by Rachel Caulfield
    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.
  • 2/28/2012
    Professor Lisa Nakamura, MACS and ICR, Director of Asian American Studies, presented a talk entitled "Instrumental Sexism and Homophobia in Virtual World Games" at the University of Chicago sponsored by the Social Media Project at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality on Monday, Feb. 27th, 2012.
  • 2/15/2012

    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:

    This is important. This is the best preparation you can get.

  • 2/1/2012

    Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Nakamura for being selected as one of the newest members of the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) Steering Committee. As a consortium of individuals and institutions inspired by the possibilities that new technologies represent, HASTAC supports pioneering research and scholarship in the digital era.

  • 1/18/2012

    Kent Ono, professor of media and cinema studies, discusses the casting of white actors in roles written for Asian actors in mainstream Hollywood media in a recent CNN blog. Ono notes that Asian characters have been replaced with white American versions played by big-name Hollywood stars. According to Ono, “not only do Asian-American actors find this a displacement of their ability to work as laborers, as performers in these sort of roles – they also find this an affront to their identity, to their work to overcome racism and be seen as legitimate actors.” Read the whole article…

  • 1/18/2012

    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

  • 12/15/2011

    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.

  • 11/17/2011

    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.


  • 11/17/2011

    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...

  • 11/11/2011

    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.

  • 11/3/2011Inside Illinois writer Inside Illinois by Inside Illinois published by Inside Illinois

    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...

  • 11/2/2011

    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...

  • 10/31/2011

    MACS Professor Christian Sandvig is quoted on NPR's Marketplace regarding new rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission. The new rules should increase access to broadband and wireless for those living in rural communities. According to Sandvig, "There's a real consensus that the more of our population we get on broadband, the more we can participate in new economic developments in forms of business and education and telemedicine that benefit everyone as a society." Read the whole article...


  • 10/14/2011

    ICR Alumnus (Ph.D. ’05) and Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University Dal Yong Jin will present a lecture as part of the Focal Point 2011-2012/Transnational Communications Series called “The Construction of Platform Imperialism in the Digital Age: Continuing US Dominance vs. Emerging Local Power.”  Professor Jin will discuss the shifting notion of imperialism from political, economic, and cultural-based imperialism towards platform.  The goal of this lecture is to discuss whether there is a new notion of imperialism in the fields of media and communication.  The lecture will take place on Thursday, October 20, at 4 pm in English Building Room 160.  For more information…

  • 10/14/2011

    The Department of Media and Cinema Studies will co-sponsor a lecture on Post-Racial News by University of Minnesota Professor Catherine Squires.  Professor Squires will focus on the emergence of the term "post-racial" in contemporary news discourse.  Specifically, she examines the term's use before and after Barack Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. She traces its increasing and then decreasing circulation over time and then works to understand it contextually within the so-called "culture wars," as well as within the U.S. racial past. The talk will be held at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities on Monday, October 24, from 4:10-5:30 pm and is co-sponsored by African American Studies, Communication, Journalism, and the Rhetorical Studies Reading Group.

  • 10/13/2011

    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.


  • 10/12/2011

    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...

  • 10/12/2011

    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.

  • 9/28/2011

    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…

  • 9/22/2011

    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.

  • 9/21/2011

    Roger Ebert '64 JOURN was recently interviewed on NBC’s Today about his book Life Itself: A Memoir. Watch the interview…

  • 9/21/2011

    MACS Professor Christian Sandvig comments on the use of social media sites in rural areas in “In Small Towns, Gossip Moves to the Web, and Turns Vicious” from a September 19 issue of the New York Times. Sandvig notes that “Something about rural culture seems to make people want to have conversations in public.” Read the whole article…

  • 9/20/2011

    The FCC is beginning a 45-day test of a company called Spectrum Bridge to use the area of the broadcast spectrum that falls between broadcast TV channels. Spectrum is one of several companies to be tested in the hope that it can provide wireless speeds “that could easily allow you to do something like stream high-def movies,” according to MACS Professor Christian Sandvig. Read the whole article…

  • 9/8/2011

    Ronald Jackson, professor of media and cinema studies and a faculty member in the Institute of Communications Research, recently reviewed Jennifer Keane Dawes’ book Miracles in the Valley for The Gleaner in Kingston, Jamaica. Dawes’ book describes her life as a new divorcee with a 3-year-old son going to the United States to pursue graduate course work at Howard University. Read the whole review…

  • 8/8/2011

    Lilya Kaganovsky was awarded a prestigious Visiting Fellow Commonership by the Council of Trinity College at Cambridge University in the U.K. for three months this fall. She will be working with the Screen Media as well as the Slavic studies faculty at Cambridge.

  • 8/5/2011

    Living in small towns and rural areas often means less access to high-speed, broadband Internet connections like those found on the coasts or in urban communities. MACS Professor Christian Sandvig notes that the internet experience may be quite different for individuals depending on where they live. For more information…


  • 8/2/2011

    Kent Ono, professor of media and cinema studies, discusses the limited number of leading roles for Asian American actors in mainstream Hollywood media in a recent NY Times article. In “For Asian-American Stars, Many Web Fans” by Austin Considine, Ono notes that although there are not many Asian American actors featured as leads in mainstream film and television, many online venues such as YouTube are both popular among Asian Americans and feature many Asian Americans in prominent roles. For more information…

    Professor Ono was also a guest scholar at the National Communication Association's Doctoral Honor's Seminar. Ono was among several top media scholars invited to help doctoral students as they prepare for their PhD work and work towards completing their dissertations.

  • 7/28/2011

    Ronald Jackson, professor of media and cinema studies and a faculty member in the Institute of Communications Research, has just published a book from Peter Lang Publishing. “Masculinity in the Black Imagination: Politics of Communicating Race and Manhood,” co-edited with Mark C. Hopson, includes essays on such topics as black masculinity in the black Greek-letter fraternity, the criminalization of black manhood in contemporary America, and humor, black masculinity, and queer identity on prime-time television. Based in communication, and drawing from diverse disciplines, “Masculinity in the Black Imagination” seeks to address identity, race, and gender by examining the communicative dimensions of Black manhood. The collection works to define, deconstruct, and contextualize the interactive practice of masculinity as both a local and global phenomenon.

  • 7/20/2011

    Kent Ono, professor of media and cinema studies, has a new book out from New York University Press. In their collection "Critical Rhetorics of Race," Ono and co-edtior Michael G. Lacy, together with scholars seek to examine today's complicated and contradictory terrain while moving the field of communication in a more intellectually productive direction.

  • 7/18/2011

    Faculty members from the Institute of Communications Research and the Department of Media and Cinema Studies presented papers this week at the International Association of Media and Communication Research conference in Istanbul, Turkey.

  • 7/12/2011

    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.

  • 6/15/2011

    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)

  • 6/10/2011

    Sarah Projansky, associate professor in the Departments of Gender and Womens Studies and of Media and Cinema Studies, was quoted in a recent Washington Post article about the media coverage of the Casey Anthonty murder trial.

  • 5/23/2011Tim McAuliff '69 JOURN, 2011 Convocation Speaker writer Tim McAuliff '69 JOURN, 2011 Convocation Speaker by Tim McAuliff '69 JOURN, 2011 Convocation Speaker published by Tim McAuliff '69 JOURN, 2011 Convocation Speaker

    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.

  • 5/20/2011

    In addition to promotion to Associate Professor with tenure, two Media and Cinema Studies affiliate faculty members, Anna Stenport (Germanic Languages and Literatures and Scandinavian Studies) and JB Capino (English), have been awarded the Helen Corley Petit Award, which is given to promotion dossiers that have been recognized for their excellence and extraordinary accomplishments during the tenure probation period by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

  • 5/20/2011

    Angharad Valdivia, department head and professor of media and cinema studies, gave the plenary lecture, "Representation of Gender and Race in Children's Television," at the 3rd Iberoamerican Children's Television Meeting held in Bogota, Colombia, May 10-14.


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    The College of Media celebrated its graduates with a convocation ceremony on Saturday, May 14 at Huff Hall on the Urbana campus. With family and friends to encourage them, more than 350 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral students crossed the stage to get their diplomas. (PHOTOS)

  • 5/16/2011

    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

  • 5/13/2011

    Christian Sandvig, associate professor of media and cinema studies, gave an invited lecture at the MIT Media Lab on May 4 as part of the Communication Futures Program. In his lecture, titled "The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized," he discussed the evolution of online video platforms like YouTube. He argued that the current generation of online video distributors are looking to older business models from television as a guide, and de-emphasizing independent producers, interactivity, and "the long tail."

  • 5/13/2011

    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

  • 5/6/2011

    Kent A. Ono, professor of media and cinema studies and Asian American studies, will delivered a public lecture titled “Making Migrants Alien: Rhetoric, Culture and Migration in the U.S. Southwest" on April 27, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

  • 5/4/2011

    Several Asian American Studies faculty and graduate students were recognized for their teaching, research, and service to the Asian American campus community at the 16th Annual Asian American Leadership Awards celebration held April 25, 2011. Professor Kent Ono was awarded the "Asian American Studies Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching."

  • 4/28/2011

    Cameron McCarthy, professor of media and cinema studies, was invited to give the keynote address for the conference entitled "VII SIMPOSI: Llengua, educació i immigració" did at the University of Girona in Spain in November of last year. 

  • 4/28/2011

    Kevin Hamilton, media and cinema studies affiliiate faculty member, has recieved a New Digital Humanities Start-Up grant from the National Endowment for the Humanties.

  • 4/27/2011

    “Marketplace” (American Public Media; St. Paul, Minn., April, 27) -- Associate Professor of Media and Cinema Studies Christian Sandvig comments on competing electronic communications signals in today's article, "Could Lightsquared compete against the big wireless companies?"

  • 4/25/2011

    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.

  • 4/8/2011

    The Media and Cinema Studies Department and the Institute of Communications Research hosted a two-day conference in March 2011 entitled "Global Feminist Media Studies." (PHOTOS)

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    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)

  • 3/30/2011

    The International Communications Association’s (ICA’s) Feminist Scholarship Division has awarded the 2011 Teresa Award for the Advancement of Feminist Scholarship to Angharad Valdivia, department head of media and cinema studies and interim director of the Institute of Communications Research.

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    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.

  • 3/25/2011

    Christian Sandvig, associate professor of media and cinema studies and telecom researcher at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, suggests in Businessweek that looking at the differences between how a company presents a merger to the public and what it shows to investors.

  • 3/21/2011

    Lisa Nakamura, professor of media and cinema studies who studies virtual communities, argued that new forms of racism are emerging amid the bits and bytes of video games in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, "Beware Social Media's Dark Side, Scholars Warn Companies."

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    Austin, Tex.—New forms of online racism are emerging as video games add audio-chat features, and as popular online games draw a more global audience. That was the message of a panel of academics and journalists at this year’s South by Southwest Interactive conference, an annual event that brings together video-game designers, social-media leaders, and cultural critics looking for the latest technology trends. Lisa Nakamura, professor of media and cinema studies and Asian American studies, was on the panel and spoke about how people to make assumptions about the video game players based on their speech, often on the basis of race.

  • 3/17/2011Craig Chamberlain, UI News Bureau Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, UI News Bureau Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, UI News Bureau Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, UI News Bureau Social Sciences Editor

    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.

  • 3/14/2011

    Lisa Nakamura, professor of media and cinema studies, and Christian Sandvig, associate professor of media and cinema studies, have been invited to speak at this month's SXSW Interactive, part of the larger South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals which offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Both professors are affiliate faculty in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

  • 3/10/2011

    Cameron McCarthy, professor of communications, and Robert Mejia, doctoral candidate in communications and media, co-edited with Heather Greenhalgh-Spencer "New Times: Making Sense of Critical/Cultural Theory in a Digital Age," published by Peter Lang Publishers. 

  • 3/9/2011

    Lisa Nakamura, professor of media and cinema studies, will present the Attallah Lecture part of the 6th annual conference sponsored by the Communication Graduate Caucus at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Her talk, “‘Flag as Inappropriate’: Neglected Discourses of Racism, Sexism and Homophobia in Online Games,” will be presented Thursday, Mar. 10, at 5 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent St.

  • 3/2/2011

    Professor Isabel Molina-Guzman, associate professor of Latina/Latino studies and research associate professor in the Institute of Communications Research, has been invited to give an Annenberg Research Seminar Lecture at the University of Southern California on Monday, March 7.

  • 2/22/2011

    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).

  • 2/21/2011

    Lisa Nakamura, professor of media and cinema studies, Asian American Studies, and gender and women’s studies, gave the keynote presentation on "griefing" or online harassment on February 18 as part of the 2010-11 Penn Humanities Forum on Virtuality at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • 2/15/2011Alexis Pope '12 JOURN writer Alexis Pope '12 JOURN by Alexis Pope '12 JOURN published by Alexis Pope '12 JOURN

    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)

  • 2/14/2011Danielle Reading '12 ADV writer Danielle Reading '12 ADV by Danielle Reading '12 ADV published by Danielle Reading '12 ADV

    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.

  • 2/10/2011

    Christian Sandvig, associate professor of media and cinema studies and scholar with Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, weighed in on a discussion of the Universal Service Fund and how it might be affected by the Obama administration's stated goal of getting broadband Internet coverage to a much larger number of American households. Listen to story...

  • 1/25/2011

    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. 

  • 1/24/2011

    Christian Sandvig, associate professor of media and cinema studies and scholar with Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, spoke on American Public Media's Marketplace radio show about the impacts of the new iPhone on Verizon's wireless network.

  • 1/21/2011

    Lisa Nakamura, professor of media and cinema studies, Asian American students and gender and women's studies, will deliver the keynote address to the Canadian Communication Association's annual conference in June 2011 at the University of New Brunswick & St. Thomas University, New Brunswick. 

  • 1/21/2011

    Angharad Valdivia, department head of Media and Cinema Studies, contributed to the Mid America Earthquake Center's recent report, "The Maule (Chile) Earthquake of February 27, 2010: Consequence Assessment and Case Studies," published by the UI College of Engineering.

  • 1/21/2011

    Willard D. “Wick” Rowland '78 PhD COMM, president and CEO of Colorado Public Television, recently was named 2010 Television Person of the Year by The Denver Post.  

  • 12/17/2010

    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.

  • 12/16/2010Alexis Pope '12 JOURN | Photos by Allison Bulow '11 ADV writer Alexis Pope '12 JOURN | Photos by Allison Bulow '11 ADV by Alexis Pope '12 JOURN | Photos by Allison Bulow '11 ADV published by Alexis Pope '12 JOURN | Photos by Allison Bulow '11 ADV

    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)

  • 12/9/2010

    Ramona Curry, associate professor of media and cinema studies, English, and gender and women's studies, has won a prestigious 2011 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, the only one given on this campus this year.  This award will give Professor Curry release time throughout the year to finish her book-in-progress, "Trading in Cultural Spaces: How Chinese Film Came to America."

  • 12/8/2010

    Kevin Hamilton, associate professor of new media, has joined the Media and Cinema Studies Department as an affiliate faculty member. "MACS welcomes Professor Hamilton whose expertise in art and new media closely dovetail with faculty and student interests," said Angharad Valdivia, MACS department head.

  • 12/2/2010

    Media and Cinema Studies presents Mark Williams, Associate Professor, Dartmouth College, with his lecture, "Old Means, New Ends: 'The Orchid Award' and TV Historiography," December 3, at 4:30 p.m., in 319 Greg Hall.

  • 12/1/2010

    This month Christian Sandvig, professor of media and cinema studies, was invited to speak about the future of video on the Internet at the Networked Business Seminar Series at Harvard Business School. Other speakers in the series include Clay Shirky (NYU) and Kevin Kelly (Wired).

  • 11/24/2010

    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 or in Champaign at the Bresnan Meeting Center.

  • 11/10/2010

    Paul Hartley, of Las Cruces, N.M., (a media and cinema studies graduate minor) will investigate how musical films contributed to forming and maintaining Turkish national identity between 1950 and 2001. He will incorporate this research from his Fulbright year in Turkey into his dissertation. Hartley, a doctoral student in musicology, also has experience as a professional orchestral clarinetist and performer of Balkan music. Hartley will pursue a career in academia.

  • 10/24/2010

    Christian Sandvig, associate professor in media and cinema studies and a faculty associate at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, says slow connection speeds are a result of poor policy and are a drag on the American economy and the pace of innovation. Read more and listen to the story...

  • 10/19/2010

    At the Latin American Studies Association in Toronto in early October, Media and Cinema Studies and the Institute of Communications Research had plenty of representation. At the Latin American Studies Association in Toronto in early October, Media and Cinema Studies and the Institute of Communications Research had plenty of representation.

  • 10/18/2010

    Professor Richard Leskosky celebrated his retirement with a reception on Tuesday, October 12, in the Lucy Ellis Lounge.

  • 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."

  • UI Alumni Association seeks alumni volunteers for 2010 iHelp

    Homecoming logoAs Homecoming 2010 approaches, the UI Alumni Association and Student Alumni Ambassadors look forward to another successful iHelp. Now in its fifth year, this campuswide tradition is a great way to build Illini spirit here in C-U and beyond.  Sign up online!

  • Daily Show's Jon Stewart visits ICR alumnus' NYU media studies class

    Thanks to Oprah, students in Victor Pickard's ('08 PhD COMM) media studies class at New York University got a surprise last week. The Daily Show's Jon Stewart stopped by to give an impromptu lecture and free books. While some students were visibly surprised, several asked questions of Stewart about his use of news in his show. Watch the video.

  • MACS professor Christian Sandvig talks dark fiber with Marketplace

    "Marketplace" (American Public Media, Sept. 23) -- Christian Sandvig, associate professor of communications and media and cinema studies, talked with American Public Media's Marketplace about the FCC's pending decision about whether to approve a plan to make unused fiber optic cable, or dark fiber, available to schools and libraries. Listen to interview...

  • Illinois Public Media collaborates with University High students on radio documentary, MACS professor featured

    Illinois Public Media logoIllinois Public Media partnered with students at the University High School in Urbana to produce a radio documentary about Asian Americans in Urbana-Champaign, "From East to West: Journeying through the Lives of Asian-Americans in Champaign-Urbana." Several University students and faculty, including Kent Ono, professor of media and cinema studies, were featured in the radio documentary. Several of the student executive producers, Asian American themselves, said they had felt some of the same feelings that Lee and other interviewees expressed. That made them passionate about the project, said Uni High students Linda Ly and Maria Gao.

  • Three new professors join College faculty

    Three new faculty members joined the College of Media in August. Welcome to these new scholars!

    Kate Abrams photoKatie Abrams
    Visiting Assistant Professor of Agricultural Communications
    Department of Advertising


    Chang Dae Ham photoChang Dae Ham
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Advertising


    Julie Turnock photoJulie Turnock
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Media and Cinema Studies

  • MACS professor Angharad Valdivia talks girl culture at transnational colloquium

    Angharad Valdivia, department head of media and cinema studies, presented at the fourth U.S.-Brazil Communication Colloquium held in Caxias, Brazil, September 2 and 3. Initiated by the Brazilian Society for Interdisciplinary Communication Studies, the colloquium began in 1990 as a way to promote binational exchange among communication scholars. Valdivia's paper was entitled "Girl Culture, Global Marketing: Disney Enters and Predominates in Children’s Television."

  • MACS professor talks net neutrality on Future Tense blog

    Christian Sandvig, associate professor of communications and media and cinema studies, talked net neutrality in a recent post on American Public Media's "Future Tense" blog. The blog is a complement to the radio show that covers the fast-paced world of technology. Sandvig recollects his early days of video gaming and draws a relationship to the contemporary issues around the corporatization of the Internet.

    "I learned almost everything I need to know about the network neutrality debate by playing the old game Â"Railroad Tycoon.Â" Remember those games? Railroad Tycoon was a popular series by Sid Meier (master of the simulation genre and the creative force behind Civilization) first launched way back in 1990. Most important for understanding network neutrality, the Railroad Tycoon series—especially the third one—often baffled gamers who thought that the games would be more aboutÂ… wellÂ… railroads." Read entire blog post...

  • MACS Professor Ron Jackson publishes two-volume encyclopedia of identity

    Ron Jackson, professor of media and cinema studies and department head of African American studies, has just published a two-volume "Encyclopedia of Identity" with Sage Publications. Within this major reference work, Jackson maintains, "No matter whether it is a discussion of nationhood, race, family, adolescence, or popular culture, identity is a mainstay in everyday conversations about who we say we are as individuals and citizens within a local or national community."  The Encyclopedia of Identity, with over 100 contributors, 300 entries, and over 1000 pages presents a broad, comprehensive overview of the definitions, politics, manifestations, concepts, and ideas related to identity.  The encyclopedia is designed for readers to grasp the nature and breadth of identity as a communication, psychological, social, anthropological, and popular idea.  For more information or to order a copy, please visit Sage Publications

  • Communications professor Lisa Nakamura talks about griefing in gaming communities

    Lisa Nakamura, professor of communications and author of the book "Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet," spoke to David Weinberger of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University about the origins of "griefing," or racist, homophobic, and sexist language used by video gamers, and how online communities are dealing with it. Listen to podcast...

  • Media and cinema studies professor Christian Sandvig lends expertise on social media

    Christian Sandvig, associate professor of communications and media and cinema studies, lent his expertise on social media in an article in the July 24 New York Times. The article covers recent discussion about Facebook's changing privacy policies and its continued popularity among Americans. Citing the American Customer Satisfaction Index, the article notes that the social media giant was found to be one of the least popular private-sector companies in the United States. Asked about a recent comparison of Facebook to public utilities, Sandvig said, '“At one time we could have had this conversation about the phone, and it would have sounded just as crazy." Read entire article...

  • UI-7 gets an inside look at new National Petascale Computing Facility and Blue Waters

    National Petascale Computing Facility photoKayla Flam '11 MEDIA STUDIES, UI-7 video intern, gives viewers a look at the National Petascale Computing Facility with a video tour of the Urbana campus building, which will be the home to Blue Waters, the world's largest supercomputer. John Melchi, senior associate director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, provided a narrated tour through the "green" facility, illustrating not only the computing technology, but also the energy efficient technology that went into its LEED Gold certification. A joint project of the University of Illinois, its National Center for Supercomputing Applications, IBM, and the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation, the facility is funded by the National Science Foundation and the state of Illinois.


  • Media and cinema studies professor Anita Chan wins Mellon Fellowship

    Anita Chan photoAnita Say Chan, assistant professor of media and cinema studies, has been awarded a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Committee on Globalization and Social Change at the Graduate School, City University of New York.  She will spend the 2010 academic year in New York City to work on a project on Information and Communications Technology-based national development initiatives in Peru that encourage the adoption of technological and legal resources of the information economy, including intellectual property titles, mobile digital technologies, and open software. "Most heavily promoted among rural and marginalized populations, they come with the promise of not just enabling economic reform and national integration," said Chan, "but just as critically to unleash the inner productive potential of individual participants."

  • Sixth annual congress on qualitative inquiry attracts 1,300 scholars to Urbana

    ICQI logoThe Sixth Annual International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry wrapped up after three days of workshops, lectures, conversations, and social events. Attracting more than 1,300 scholars from more than 50 nations, the Congress is well-respected for its wide variety of topics and community-building across disciplines. The more than 250 conference sessions were preceded by three all-day pre-Congress language sessions in Spanish, Japanese, and Turkish. A preconference event for Qualitative Health policy issues was also well attended. This year the Qualitative Inquiry Special Interest Group of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction held its sessions in conjunction with the Congress.

    Norm Denzin, Congress chair and professor of communications, advertising, sociology, and cinema studies, was lauded for his scholarship in the field and leadership in organizing the Congress.

    Natalee Popadiuk, assistant professor of psychology at Simon Fraser University in Canada, said of Denzin, "Because of the work you and others have done before me, I have the liberty and privilege of only choosing to support students in conducting qualitative research."

    The Congress was co-sponsored by the College of Media, the Institute of Communications Research, and the Department of Advertising, along with more than 30 campus units and external organizations.

  • Internet communication expert Christian Sandvig profiled on Illinois homepage

    Christian Sandvig photoIn April, Facebook made changes to its privacy policy and settings that opened up more sharing of users’ profile information – then announced revisions on May 26 after a storm of criticism that included promotion of a "Quit Facebook Day" on May 31. Christian Sandvig is a professor of communications and of media and cinema studies at the University of Illinois, as well as a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. His research focuses on the development of new communication and wireless technologies – including the study of social media. Sandvig was interviewed by News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain. Read entire interview...

  • Media and cinema studies professor Angharad Valdivia lends expertise to study of television's Dora character

    Los Angeles Times (May 21) -- Angharad Valdivia, a professor of media and cinema studies at the U. of I., says the Nickelodeon cartoon character "Dora the Explorer" always has been "ambiguously constructed."

    "In the U.S. the way we understand race is about putting people in categories and we're uncomfortable with people we can't put into categories," Valdivia said. Read entire article...

  • Media and cinema studies professor Kent Ono delivered Asian American Heritage talk at Harold Washington College

    Kent Ono, professor of media and cinema studies and Asian American studies, gave a talk at Chicago's Howard Washington College on April 27 as part of its Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This lecture, "Asian American Media and Social Transformation, "discussed how images of Asian Americans in the mass media play a major role in the way Asian Americans are treated, in the way Asian Americans perceive themselves, and in the ability of all U.S. citizens to make social changes that improve the lives of Asian Americans. Read Ono's faculty profile...

  • Communications and Asian American studies professor Lisa Nakamura gave keynote at media studies conference in New York

    Lisa Nakamura photoLisa Nakamura, professor of communications, media and cinema studies, and Asian American studies, and director of Asian American studies, gave a keynote speech for the Critical Themes in Media Studies conference at the New School for Social Research in New York in mid-April.  The annual conference is a venue for students to present interdisciplinary, theoretical, and critical approaches to a broad range of media studies. Since the initial conference in 2000, Critical Themes has grown into a leading forum for showcasing research papers from graduate students around the world. More about Critical Themes...

  • Media and cinema studies professor Kent Ono keynote speaker at Asian American Student Conference in Ohio

    Kent Ono, professor of media and cinema studies and Asian American studies, delivered a keynote address titled "Imagining Asian Americans: Media Representations Then and Now," at the 16th Biennial Midwest Asian American Student Conference held at Oberlin College in Ohio, on March 5.

  • Media and cinema studies professor Isabel Molina-Guzmn has new book on Dangerous Curves of Latinidad
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    It's no wonder that the bookshelves in Isabel Molina-Guzmán's Gregory Hall office are lined with DVDs, videotapes, magazines, and tabloids instead of historical tomes and dusty sheaths from the archives. For Molina-Guzmán, associate professor of communications and Latino/Latina studies, "research" requires more contemporary means like movies, television, news broadcasts, and online blogs.

    Molina-Guzmán's work focuses on the status of Latina women across the media landscape. For her new book, "Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in the Media" (NYU Press, February 2010), she undertook an intense study on the image of Latinas in news and popular culture. Read entire article...

  • New book on Latina/os in the media from ICR Professor Angharad Valdivia

    The new book, "Latina/os in the Media," from Angharad Valdivia, head of media and cinema studies and interim director of the Institute of Communications Research, sheds light on the complex relationship between Latina/os and the media. The book, from Polity Books, brings together the scholarship of communication studies scholars working on issues of Latinidad and presents it in a coherent, vibrant and accessible form. Valdivia covers the participation of Latina/os in media production; the forms in which Latina/os are represented in media; the ways that Latina/os interpret media and that other audiences interpret Latina/os in the media; and the social scientific effects of the forms in which Latina/os are represented on Latina/os in particular and culture at large. The book provides a backdrop to discuss the relationship between Latina/os and the media, including for those students taking classes on minorities and the media, or issues around race and diversity. More from Polity Books...

  • Media and cinema studies professor Lisa Nakamura wins book award in cultural studies

    Lisa Nakamura, professor of media and cinema studies, Asian American studies, and gender and women's studies, has won the 2010 Book Award in Cultural Studies from the Association for Asian American Studies for her book "Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet" (University of Minnesota Press, 2008). She will be honored at the Annual American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Austin, Texas, April 10, 2010.

  • Media and Cinema Studies welcomes new faculty member Assistant Professor Julie Turnock

    Julie Turnock will join the Media and Cinema Studies faculty as an Assistant Professor beginning in Fall 2010. Professor Turnock is currently a Mellon Fellow in residence at the University of California, Davis. She is finishing a book entitled “Plastic Reality: Special Effects, Art and Technology in 1970s US Filmmaking.” She will teach courses on Global Cinema as well as her area of expertise. Read her Faculty Profile...

  • Professor Kent Ono featured in Northwestern University's ethnic studies program's 10-year anniversary celebration

    Kent Ono, professor of media and cinema studies, gave a plenary talk at Northwestern University's Asian American Studies Program celebration of its 10-year anniversary in November 2009. Titled "The Institutional Challenge of Meeting both Community and Academic Goals for Ethnic Studies," Ono's talk was part of the half-day conference that involved academics, students, and activists discussing the current and past struggles for Ethnic Studies Programs at Northwestern.

  • Media and Cinema Studies Professor Isabel Molina lectured on Latino/a images in the media at Penn State University in November

    Isabel Molina, associate professor of media and cinema studies, Latina/Latino studies, and gender and women’s studies, presented the fall 2009 Robert M. Pockrass Memorial Lecture at on Nov. 9, at her alma mater, Pennsylania State University. Her lecture, titled "Consuming Latina Bodies Through the Global Media," focused on the contemporary politics of ethnicity, race, and gender in the media. Examining gendered narratives on news, television, film, and the Internet, she has published journal articles and book chapters on a variety of case studies. Her forthcoming book "Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in the Media" (2010, New York University Press) explores both the media popularity and social backlash toward Latinas in the media. Read more about her lecture at her alma mater...

  • New video in the 9 Things to Do in 2009 series highlights Illini football
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    Attending an Illini football game is something all students have to experience at least once. Between the high-flying cheerleaders, the dancing Illinettes, and the energy from the fans, football games are not to be missed! Oh, and of course, the football team is pretty good, too. Illini football is highlighted in the second video in the "9 Things to Do in 2009" series produced by Kayla Flam '12 MEDIA STUDIES. Whether you're new on campus, or it's your final year, there are some things all students should experience during their time at Illinois. From Illinois athletics to culture houses, Illinois has it all.


    Illini Football from UI-7 on Vimeo.

  • College of Media students get involved in the community with the 2009 iHelp volunteer program
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    Trente Blonski '11 ADV, a College of Media Student Ambassador and a Student Alumni Ambassador for the University of Illinois Alumni Association, organized this year's iHelp volunteer project held on October 2 during Homecoming Weekend. The one-day volunteer project sent more than 1,000 University of Illinois students into the community to help with a wide variety of tasks. This day of service not only offers assistance in large numbers, but also provides an outlet for University students looking to continue their volunteer activities while on campus. UI-7 intern Kayla Flam '12 MEDIA STUDIES followed one group on its volunteering efforts:

    iHelp Volunteer Effort from UI-7 on Vimeo.

  • Media and Cinema Studies Professor Kent Ono takes on colonialism and media in his new book
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    What is the effect of Star Trek on our perceptions of race and post-colonialism in America? This is just one of the cultural "flash points" Professor Kent Ono of the Department of Media and Cinema Studies in the College of Media examines in his latest book, "Contemporary Media Culture and the Remnants of a Colonial Past" (Peter Lang, 2009). Read more...

  • ICR professor, Angharad Valdivia, named Head of Media and Cinema Studies and Interim Director of ICR

    Professor Angharad Valdivia has been named as Head of the new Department of Media and Cinema Studies (pending approval of the BOT) and as Interim Head of the Institute of Communications Research. Valdivia joined the College faculty in 1994 and has since developed a national and international reputation as a world-class scholar in Latina/o studies and as a leading scholar and teacher in the field of media studies. She is a Research Professor of Communications in the College of Media with appointments in Gender and Women's Studies, Latina/o Studies, and Media Studies. She has published single-authored and edited books, including "A Latina in the Land of Hollywood"; "Latina/o Communication Studies Today;" "A Companion to Media Studies; Latina/os and the Media;" and "Feminism, Multiculturalism and the Media." She is the editor of "Communication Theory" and of the forthcoming "Encyclopedia of Media Studies." She teaches and researches on topics of transnational popular culture with a focus on Latina/o Media Studies and children's TV. Valdivia earned her Ph.D. in Communications from the College in 1991.

  • Nakamura publishes online essay on Neda Soltani, race and gender, digital media

    Lisa Nakamura, professor of media studies, Asian American studies, and gender and women's studies, wrote a short essay on Neda Soltani, an Iranian woman killed during recent protests in Tehran; race and gender; and citizen journalism that describes how the interests of digital media users/producers converge with those of women of color.  Read the article online at