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The second annual Chaz & Roger Ebert Symposium, "Creating an Inclusive Media and Cinema Ecosystem," brought together notable academics, journalists, and media experts for critical discussions on diversity in media on September 27. Clockwise from top left: organizer Chaz Ebert; keynote speaker Dr. Stacy L. Smith; Illinois alumna Jewel Ifeguni, who showed her virtual reality movie; and alumna Abrar Al-Heeti (BS '16, MS '17, journalism) with journalism faculty members Brian Johnson and Ben Holden. View photo album and videos. (Photos by Madeline Wilson, senior in journalism.)

 
 
College of Media News
 
MACS class 
 

New fund invests in media innovation in the college

With the launch of the Media Innovation Fund, five college projects will be funded this year. "We were very gratified by both the quantity and the quality of proposals received, and are excited to be able to fund a variety of efforts that represent well our commitment to innovation in our scholarship, teaching, and service missions," said Dean Tracy Sulkin.

 
Ebert Fellows 
 

2019-2020 Ebert Fellows announced

In honor of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic and University of Illinois journalism graduate Roger Ebert, three undergraduate students have been named as a member of the fifth class of Roger Ebert Fellows. Congratulations to Hallin Burgan (junior in media & cinema studies), Xinyi Li (junior in advertising), and Coltrane Zerai-Che (senior in media & cinema studies)! They will work closely with mentor Michael Phillips, film critic for the Chicago Tribune, and will receive a stipend to support their work.

 
Student Spotlight
 
Motamed 
 

Journalism student interns for FIFA Women’s World Cup, covering U.S. Championship

Soula Motamed, a journalism junior, saw a tweet by FIFA looking for the perfect fan to follow teams around Europe during the World Cup and capture what it’s like to be in the stands. As a self-proclaimed women’s soccer expert, Motamed was going to Paris to catch a bit of the World Cup anyway. She was soon invited to be part of the fan movement and assigned to the American team, who became the world champions this summer.

 
 
 
Awards & Honors
 
 
 
Media & Cinema Studies Campaign
 
Zerai-Che 
 

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. Pictured at left, Coltrane Zerai-Che chose to be a MACS major because of her love of storytelling and connecting people through representation. Hear Coltrane's story.

 
 
 
Events
 
Virginia Theatre 
 

Ebertfest

April 15-18, 2020
The Virginia Theatre
203 W. Park Ave., Champaign

Passes to see all the films at the 22nd annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival go on sale November 1; cost is $150 per pass if purchased by the end of the year. They can be purchased through the Ebertfest website, the Virginia Theatre website, or the theatre box office at 217-356-9063. The lineup of films and guests will be announced several weeks before the festival, which is sponsored by the College of Media and Chaz Ebert.

 
Illini Days 
 

Illini Days

November 18-22
Chicago and suburbs

Join fellow Illini at Illini Days, a jam-packed week of Illinois activities in the Chicago area. Everyone is invited. Most events are free, but registration is required: go.illinois.edu/illinidays.

Three journalism alumni will be featured guests, including CBS Chicago anchor Ryan Baker (BS ’91) at the Fighting Illini Fan Event; former WGN radio anchor Andrea Darlas (BS '94) at the Western Suburbs Reception; and ABC 7 Chicago anchor Judy Hsu (BS '93) at the Illinois Luncheon.

 
Willis Tower 
 

Sandage Symposium

February 27-28, 2020
The Metropolitan
66th floor of Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago 

Save the date! The Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising at Illinois—the first advertising program in the country—is bringing together advertising agencies, tech firms, and educators to collaborate on envisioning the future of advertising education and research. More details to come.

 
 
 

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