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The College of Media welcomed new freshmen and transfer students on August 23 at Meet Media. The Class of 2023 is the largest freshman class—144 students—in the college’s history. They're holding up Media-branded belt bags (known a few decades ago as "fanny packs"). View photo album. (Photo by Madeline Wilson, journalism student, Class of 2020.)

 
 
College of Media News
 
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Media welcomes four new faculty members

The College of Media is excited to welcome four new faculty members this fall—two in advertising and two in journalism. Learn more about Ewa Maslowska, assistant professor of advertising; Marisa Peacock, lecturer in advertising; Christopher Ball, assistant professor of journalism; and Alison Davis Wood, lecturer in journalism.

 
Faculty Research Spotlight
 
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Ng illuminates research with data visualization

Which countries are similar in their web use patterns? What are the peer-to-peer dynamics among elite journalists in Washington, D.C.? The findings to such data-driven questions can be demonstrated visually, with the emerging field of data visualization. In fact, Yee Man Margaret Ng, assistant professor of journalism, spent her first year here working on research projects with fellow College of Media faculty members to answer those questions.

 
 
 
Awards & Honors
 
 
 
Media & Cinema Studies Campaign
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In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Department of Media & Cinema Studies, we're challenging alumni affiliated with that degree (previously awarded as media studies or cinema studies) to contribute to our Power of 10 campaign. We have a goal of $10,000 by the end of 2019. We'd also love to celebrate our alumni—let us know one of your favorite memories. 

 
 
 
Events
 
Ebert Symposium 
 

2nd Annual Chaz & Roger Ebert Symposium

September 27, 2019
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
I Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign

Join the College of Media at our second annual Chaz & Roger Ebert Symposium: "Creating an Inclusive Media and Cinema Ecosystem." This year's keynote is Stacy L. Smith, founder and director of the University of Southern California Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, the leading global think tank studying inequality in entertainment. Gregory Nava, director of the Latino films El Norte, My Family, and Selena and creator of the Latino series American Family, will close out the event. Panel discussions will address diversity in film, journalism, advertising and communication, and more.

This event is free and open to the public; registration is highly encouraged to reserve your spot.

 
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Illini Fest Recap

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at Illini Fest this summer in downtown Chicago! Several thousand alumni and friends came together at Park Grill Plaza in Millennium Park to help paint Chicago orange and blue—including journalism alumni Andrea Darlas (BS '94), who worked at WGN; Jon Hansen (BS '06, pictured) from WGN and The Jam; and Dana Kozlov (BS '91) from CBS. Check out our photo album.