April news from the College of Media
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Frank Center kick-off

Watch a recording of the kick-off event celebrating the Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media at the University of Illinois College of Media! Leslie Frank, an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, hosted a conversation about media leadership and innovation with Peter Alexander, chief White House correspondent for NBC News, and Judy Hsu, ABC 7 Chicago anchor and Media alumna. Also speaking at the kick-off were College of Media Dean Tracy Sulkin, Rich Frank, Professor and Head of the Department of Journalism Stephanie Craft, and UIUC Chancellor Robert J. Jones. Learn more.


College of Media News

Good Morning Illini anchor Connor Ciecko 

Good Morning Illini showcases College of Media highlights for Mediapalooza

Watch this special Good Morning Illini broadcast produced by Media students for Mediapalooza, the College of Media's recruiting event for admitted students! You'll see some renovated classrooms in Gregory Hall as well as the Richmond Studio broadcast facility; learn about the new CS+Advertising major; hear from Roger Ebert Fellows and their mentor, film critic Michael Phillips; learn about the student-produced UIUC Film Festival; hear from faculty members Alison Davis (Emmy Award-winning journalism lecturer) and Jay Rosenstein (Peabody Award-winning media and cinema studies professor) about their documentary filmmaking courses; get to know advertising assistant professor Jacob Fisher; hear advice from famous Media alum Sean Evans, host of the celebrity hot wings/talk show Hot Ones; learn about student access to Illinois Public Media (WILL-AM-FM-TV); get to know Leon Dash (Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism professor and co-founder of NABJ); and learn about Illini Sports Night.


Faculty Spotlight

Alison Davis and team with Emmys 

The DI features Alison Davis in faculty video series

The Daily Illini newspaper interviewed Alison Davis (right), a lecturer in journalism, as part of a video series on faculty members. Davis shared stories and photos from her career in documentary production and discussed why she was drawn to becoming an instructor, helping students succeed in their careers in television production.


Alumni Spotlight

SBC grads - Dec 2019 

Strategic Brand Communication master’s degree prepares professionals for career pivots and accelerates career paths

Traveling across eight time zones in nine countries didn’t stop Michelle Floyd from earning her master’s degree in strategic brand communication. While creating campaigns for class, she also competed at five Olympic-level softball tournaments and spent two professional softball seasons in Italy. Enrolling in the online program was the best decision she could have made, she said, because of its flexibility.


Virtual Events

Red Ball 

Red Ball, Collaboration, and Creating Content in the Time of COVID
Thursday, April 22
6-7:30 p.m. 
Register to join via Zoom

Watch a screening and conversation about collaboration and performance with faculty and students in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies and the Department of Theatre, including Victor Font, MACS lecturer, and his students in Advanced Filmmaking. 

UIUC Student Film Fest 

UIUC Student Film Festival
Saturday, May 1
5 p.m. 
Livestreaming at uiucfilmfest.com

Students in MACS 464: Film Festivals organize, promote, and produce this annual film festival featuring short films, home movies, and TikToks created by undergraduates across the University of Illinois campus. Join us online for a celebration of student creativity! 

Gregory Hall 

Conversation with College Leadership: Lessons Learned and Looking Forward
Wednesday, May 19
12-1 p.m.
Register to join via Zoom

Hear a conversation about what the College of Media learned during the pandemic and what fall will look like. Join College of Media Dean Tracy Sulkin; Professor CL Cole (head of the Department of Media & Cinema Studies); Professor Stephanie Craft (head of the Department of Journalism); and Professor Mike Yao (head of the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising). Please submit any questions by Friday, May 14, at 5 p.m., to Assistant Dean for Advancement Deanne Johnson at jhns@illinois.edu


Fund Spotlight


Daily Illini Journalism Scholarship Fund

Established in 2020 by Sarah Min (BS '93, journalism) and Matthew Pincus of the Sarah Min and Matthew Pinkus Foundation, this fund benefits undergraduate journalism students who are committed to working at least one semester at The Daily Illini. This merit-based scholarship provides study abroad and internship opportunities. To give, please visit the College of Media giving page, click on the orange “Give Online Now” button, and select the Daily Illini Journalism Scholarship Fund under “Foster Opportunities for Media Students.”


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