Illini Media

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The Illini Media Company is a nonprofit independent student media company based in Champaign, Illinois. The company owns several student-run media outlets associated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: the general newspaper the Daily Illini, entertainment paper Buzz Magazine, engineering quarterly Technograph, U of I yearbook the Illio, and commercial radio station WPGU.

The Illini Publishing Company was chartered by the State of Illinois in 1911.[1] In 1984, it became the Illini Media Company. The company helps students prepare for and careers in print media and broadcasting and to inform and entertain the University of Illinois community. Revenues exceed $2.5 million.

In 2012, the Illini Media sought support to keep its business running. Prominent alumni, such as film critic Roger Ebert, urged alumni to donate to the corporation. Additionally, a referendum passed to allow a fee on student's tuition to go towards the company.[2]

Location[edit]

The Illini Media Company is housed at what was previously the Illini Media Building, located at 512 E Green St in Champaign. Illini Media has since sold the building and moved all of its units to the third floor.

Products[edit]

Daily Illini[edit]

The Daily Illini (commonly known as the DI) is a student-run newspaper that has been published for the community of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1871. Weekday circulation during fall and spring semesters is 20,000; copies are distributed free at more than 200 locations throughout Champaign-Urbana.

See also: Daily Illini

WPGU 107.1[edit]

WPGU 107.1 is a fully commercial student-run radio station located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is operational 24-7, broadcasting alternative music and other programming throughout Champaign-Urbana and surrounding communities.

See also: WPGU

Buzz Magazine[edit]

Buzz is a weekly entertainment magazine published every Friday by the Illini Media Company. The magazine was previously included as a weekly insert in The Daily Illini, but is now considered a stand-alone publication. Buzz is the only alt-weekly print publication in Champaign-Urbana. Covering film, television, music and theatre reviews, and local events, Buzz contains feature stories on the local entertainment scene.

Illio Yearbook[edit]

Illio is the official yearbook of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 1894, Illio has been documenting and preserving the campus through yearbooks. Today's yearbook has many different sections, including Groups & Greeks, Campus Life, Senior Pictures, and more.

Technograph Magazine[edit]

Technograph is an engineering quarterly at the University of Illinois. It began in 1855 as the Selected Papers of the Civil Engineers' Club of the University of Illinois.[3] The magazine covers engineering and new technology and features profiles of leaders in the field. Technograph is available as a quarterly insert in The Daily Illini. Additionally, more than 1,000 copies are sent to high school libraries across the state of Illinois.

Famous alumni[edit]

  • Iris Chang, author of the international best-seller, The Rape of Nanking, was a features writer for the Daily Illini from 1987-89.
  • Roger Ebert, film critic, was editor-in-chief of the Daily Illini in 1963–64, when he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also worked for Illini Media's terrestrial radio station WPGU.
  • Hugh Hefner, editor in chief and chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, worked as a cartoonist for the Daily Illini from 1946 to 1949.
  • Will Leitch, editor of the online magazine Deadspin and author of God Save The Fan, was the managing editor of the Daily Illini in 1996.

Competition[edit]

The Hub, published between April 2004 and October 2006, was the last of a series of non-university affiliated alternative weeklies that competed with Illini Media.[4] Previous alternative weeklies include The Paper, closed in 2004; The Octopus (under Yesse! Communications and then under the Saga Communications radio conglomerate), published from 1995–2002;[5] C-U Cityview, 2002–2003;[6] and The Optimist, 1994–1995.

The friendly rivalry between The Hub and the Buzz was best exemplified by a short-running "feud" between columnists Seth Fein and Don Gerard (current mayor of Champaign.[7][8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About". Illini Media. 
  2. ^ Board of Trustees (January 24, 2013). "Minutes, January 24, 2013". University of Illinois. 
  3. ^ Anderson, Matt (2009). "History of Technograph" 124 (4). Champaign, Illinois: Illini Media Company. p. 18. 
  4. ^ "Hub's Going On Hiatus" (blog). The Champaign of Blogs. September 22, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Octopus (Champaign, Ill.)". Illinois Newspaper Project. 
  6. ^ http://archive.ucimc.org/feature/display/8779/index.php.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Sniffer finds love in the media". the217.com. 
  8. ^ "Oh Pitchfork, how have you addicted me". the217.com. 
  9. ^ "Sniffer washes off in kitchen sync". the217.com. 

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