College of Media | News

College of Media | News

9/1/2010 - 10/1/2010

  • AdWeek at Illinois provides students with valuable tips for successful careers
    10/1/2010Alexis 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

    AdWeek photoA different form of learning took place the week of Sept. 27-30. Professors were not lecturing in the front of the room, but were actually sitting in the audience. Upperclassmen Advertising students, alumni, and professionals were in charge discussing the career opportunities in the real world of advertising. This four-day event, known as Advertising Week at Illinois offered a new topic each night so that students got a variety of information about the industry. Interim Dean Dr. Jan Slater brought AdWeek to the College of Media, modelling it after the Advertising Week event that occurs annually in New York City. This year marks the fourth AdWeek at Illinois. Read more and view photos...

  • Filmmaker's documentary tells story of groundbreaking church-state suit
    10/1/2010UI News Bureau writer UI News Bureau by UI News Bureau published by UI News Bureau

    Rosenstein photoPrayer 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...

  • 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.

  • Book by ICR alumnus Craig Robertson on history of passport reviewed in New York Times

    Robertson book coverA recent publication by Craig Robertson '04 PhD COMM, assistant professor of communication studies at Northeastern University, was reviewed in the Travel section of Sunday's New York Times. "The Passport in America: The History of a Document," published by Oxford University Press, is a study of this special document in American history. In the first history of the passport in the United States, Craig Robertson offers an account of how this document, above all others, came to be considered a reliable answer to the question of identity. New York Times reviewer Richard Woodward calls the book provocative, specifically how Robertson "charts the history of the passport, from "general acceptance in tandem with the growth of the nation state and the various technologies—chiefly photography—that helped to shape modern notions of individual identity."

    "We are very proud of Craig who represents the stellar, ground-breaking, and world-renowned work that is done at the Institute of Communications Research," said Angharad Valdivia, interim director of ICR and professor and head of media and cinema studies. Robertsons' dissertation committee included ICR faculty Cameron McCarthy, John Nerone, and James Hay; Antoinette Burton, professor of history, and Toby Miller, professor of media and cultural studies at the University of California-Riverside.

  • 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...

  • 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 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.

  • Illinois receives McCormick grant for journalism consortium

    McCormick logoThe 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 faculty elected to board of regional chapter for National Association of Television Arts and Sciences

    John Paul '10 MS JOURN, lecturer in journalism, has been elected to the Board of Governors for the Mid-America chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmys) based in St. Louis. The Mid-America chapter was chartered in 1962 and began honoring outstanding achievement in this region with local EMMY awards in 1976. His term will officially begin in November.

  • College hosts annual welcome picnic for new students
    9/10/2010by Alexis Pope '12 JOURN, Photos by Allison Bulow '11 ADV writer by Alexis Pope '12 JOURN, Photos by Allison Bulow '11 ADV by by Alexis Pope '12 JOURN, Photos by Allison Bulow '11 ADV published by by Alexis Pope '12 JOURN, Photos by Allison Bulow '11 ADV

    A group of new and old faces, ranging from freshman to seniors and faculty, came together to connect with each other at the College of Media’s annual Welcome Picnic at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center held September 8.

    "I am enjoying the great location, food and weather," said Nate Schuler, freshman in Broadcast.

    The College of Media has an advantage over the other colleges, said Merissa Jones, academic adviser, because it is one of the smallest colleges here at the University. It is easier for everyone to get to know each other, she said. Read entire article...



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  • Message from Interim Dean Jan Slater

    Jan Slater photoJan Slater, professor of advertising and alumna of the College of Media, was named the Interim Dean of the College in August 2010. In a message to alumni, students, faculty, and staff, she talks about the opportunities and challenges of the coming year.
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  • 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."

  • Alumni association names three media graduates as 2010 Illini Comeback guests

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    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. Read more...

    Bob Epstein photoBob Epstein Â'74 JOURN is the executive producer of Â"NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,Â" the nationÂ's No. 1 evening newscast. Throughout his 14-year career at NBC, he has provided senior leadership in the networkÂ's coverage of significant news events, including the earthquake in Haiti, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 attacks, the war in Iraq and the shootings at Columbine High School.

    Robert Hillman photoG. Robert Hillman ’72 COMM, senior editor of POLITICO and, has spent nearly four decades in the business of news reporting. In the course of those years, he has covered major national events, including seven presidential campaigns and the Oklahoma City bombing trials in Denver.

    Laura Rowley photoCombining a University of Illinois degree in journalism with a master’s in divinity from New York Theological Seminary, Laura Rowley ’87 JOURN writes about personal finance, business and values. Author of the weekly “Money & Happiness” column for Yahoo! Finance, which draws 42 million visitors a month, she posts a blog at and has written “Money & Happiness: A Guide to Living the Good Life,” as well as three histories on successful company values.

  • Illinois Public Media's Radio Reader service helps visually impaired

    IPM logoHerald & Review (Decatur, Ill., Sept. 6) – The Illinois Radio Reader is a service of Illinois Public Media at the U. of I. Covering a wide swath of Central Illinois, it's designed to help the visually impaired and those who through illness or disability can't manipulate the pages of a newspaper or book to read for themselves.
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  • 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.



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  • 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...

  • Join us for Chicago Alumni Reunion, October 7 at Rock Bottom Brewery

    Join us for the College of Media Chicago Alumni Reunion at Rock Bottom Brewery in Chicago. Enjoy great food and drink, networking opportunities, and the chance to rekindle memories with fellow alumni. Chat with College faculty and staff about whatÂ's going on in the College of Media. Refreshments will include handcrafted house brewed beers, house wines, soda, and juices, as well as a great buffet, including fresh vegetable crudite with herb dip, smoked chicken and roasted veggie quesadillas, hot pretzels with spinach cheese dip, tomato basil bruschetta with herb cream cheese, meatballs, and dessert. $30/person in advance, $35/person at the door. Register online...

  • 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...