UIUC College of Media
|Motto||Leaders, Independent Thinkers, Innovators, Citizens|
|Established||1927 (School of Journalism); 1946 (Dept. of Advertising); 1948 (College)|
|Dean||Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko (Interim) |
|Location||Champaign, IL, US|
|Affiliations||University of Illinois|
The College of Media offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Journalism, Advertising, Media and Cinema Studies, and (jointly with the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) Agricultural Communications. Graduate degrees are offered with Master of Science degrees in Journalism and Advertising. A Doctor in Philosophy in Communications and Media is also available.
The U of I College of Media is currently among the top three most selective colleges at the University of Illinois along with the UIUC College of Engineering and the UIUC College of Business, with the median 50% of incoming freshmen scoring between a 27-32 on the ACT.
The Department of Advertising — the first such academic department in the country — was established at the University of Illinois in 1959. The department was created by Charles Sandage, known as the "father of advertising education." Like virtually every other advertising program that rose in its shadow, it reflected the structure and functions of the modern advertising agency.
College of Media at Illinois is widely regarded as one of the world's top institutions for media education in various rankings. QS World University Rankings ranked its Media Studies program seventh in the world.
The Department of Advertising has been consistently ranked in the top five departments in the country in the past 20 years. Rankings are based on scholarship, and perceptions of peers as well as those of advertising industry personnel.
Advertising students at Illinois prepare for all facets of the consumer communications industry. This is what makes the program unique, and it is what repeatedly places it among the top-ranked programs in the country.
The College of Media is primarily housed in Gregory Hall. The Richmond Journalism Teaching Studio is also used for broadcast classes. A degree from the College of Media stresses a strong liberal arts background, so students typically take many different classes in areas such as political science, economics, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, natural science, and history.
- Department of Agricultural Communication 
- Department of Advertising 
- Department of Journalism 
- Department of Media and Cinema Studies 
- Institute of Communications Research 
- WILL - AM, FM, TV, and online
The University of Illinois offers students opportunities to get a sense of working in journalism while in school. The Urbana-Champaign area has Illini Media, which features the Daily Illini, WPGU Radio, the Illio yearbook, Buzz, www.the217.com, and the Technograph, an engineering magazine that comes out four times a year. Richmond Studio also hosts UI-7 and WILL.
- 12 WILL, PBS
- UI-7, cable TV service
- 580 AM WILL, public radio
- 90.9 FM WILL
Students and alumni have worked for organizations including the Chicago Bears, Chicago White Sox, WGN-TV, Fox TV, Universal Pictures, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rolling Stone Magazine, CNN, WBBM-TV CBS 2 Chicago, the Champaign News-Gazette, the Associated Press, NBC 5 Chicago, WCIA, WPGU, Illini Media, UI-7, the Big Ten Network, the Chicago Rush, the Chicago Bandits, the Chicago Sky, the Chicago Wolves, the Chicago Storm, the Chicago Slaughter, the Chicago Shamrox, the Northwest Herald, KISS-FM, ESPN Rise magazine, KMOV CBS St. Louis, the NFL Network, and WGN Radio 720.
Pulitzer Prize winners
- Barry Bearak, M.S. 1974 — International Reporting, 2002
- Michael Colgrass, B.A. 1956 — Music, 1978
- George Crumb, M.A. 1952 — Music, 1968
- David Herbert Donald, M.A. 1942, Ph.D. 1946 — Biography, 1961 and 1988
- Carl Van Doren, B.A. 1907 — Biography, 1939
- Mark Van Doren, B.A. 1914 — Poetry, 1940
- Roger Ebert, B.S. 1964 — Criticism, 1975
- Glenn Howatt, M.S. 1986 — Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting, 2013
- Paul Ingrassia, B.S. 1972 — Beat Reporting, 1993
- Allan Nevins, B.A. 1912, M.A. 1913 — Biography, 1933 and 1937
- James Reston, B.S. 1932 — National Reporting, 1945 and 1957
- Robert Lewis Taylor, B.A. 1933 — Fiction, 1959
- George F. Will, B.A. 1933 — Commentary, 1977
Broadcasting and journalism
- Ryan Baker — CBS 2 Chicago sports anchor, B.S. 1991
- Robin Baumgarten — WGN-TV 9 anchor
- Steve Bardo — Big Ten Network announcer
- Jill Carlson — Fox WFLD 32 Chicago sports anchor and reporter
- Roger Ebert — movie critic and author, B.S. 1964
- Rob Elgas — NBC 5 Chicago anchor
- John Foreman — The News-Gazette publisher
- Donald Heimburger — European Traveler/Heimburger House Publishing Company
- Paul Ingrassia — journalist, 1993 Pulitzer Prize winner, M.S. 1972
- Amber Jenne — WCIA 3 reporter and anchor; M.S. Class of 2005
- Rick Kaplan — journalist, has worked for CNN, ABC, and MSNBC; has won 34 Emmys
- Will Leitch — sports writer/author; author of three books, including God Save the Fan, a book of essays; an editor of Deadspin
- Andy Miller — WCIA 3 News Director
- Eric Olson — Daily Chronicle editor
- Christina Peluso — Fox WFLD Chicago 32 writer
- Alex Perez — NBC 5 Chicago reporter
- Ash-har Quraishi — Chief Investigative Reporter for KCTV; Bureau Chief, CNN Pakistan
- Jennifer Roscoe — WCIA 3 anchor
- Robert "Buck" Brown — Playboy cartoonist, creator of the libinous "Granny" character, and whose drawings regularly addressed racial equality issues
- Dianne Chandler — Playboy Playmate of the Month, 1966
- Judith Ford (Judi Nash), B.S. — Miss America 1969
- Erika Harold — Miss America 2003
- Hugh Hefner, B.A. 1949 — founder of Playboy magazine
- Nicole Hollander, B.A. 1960 — syndicated cartoonist of Sylvia
- Henry Petroski, Ph.D. 1968 — civil engineer and writer
- Irna Phillips, 1923 — creator of the soap opera
Reporting and journalism
- Dan Balz, B.A. 1968, M.A. 1972 — Washington Post national political reporter and editor; author
- B. Peter Bolek — 2005 Daily Southtown
- Chris Britt — editorial cartoonist
- John Chancellor — political analyst and newscaster for NBC Nightly News
- Roger Ebert, B.S. 1964 — film critic
- Bill Geist, 1968 — CBS News correspondent
- Robert Goralski, 1949 — NBC News correspondent
- Bob Grant — radio talk show personality
- Herb Keinon — columnist and journalist for The Jerusalem Post
- Frederick C Klein, B.A. 1959 — sportswriter Wall Street Journal' and author
- Carol Marin, A.B. 1970 — former news anchor, 60 Minutes correspondent, and Illinois Journalist of the Year (1988)
- Robert Novak, B.A. 1952 — political commentator and columnist
- Ian Punnett — radio talk show personality, and Saturday night host of Coast to Coast AM
- B. Mitchel Reed, B.S., M.A. — popular radio personality in Los Angeles and New York
- Dan Savage — advice columnist (Savage Love) and theater director
- Gene Shalit, 1949 — film critic
- Douglas Wilson — television personality and designer
- Nelson Algren, B.S. 1931 — author of 1950 National Book Award-winning The Man With the Golden Arm
- Ann Bannon, B.A. 1955 — pulp fiction author of "The Beebo Brinker Chronicles"
- Dee Brown, M.S. 1951 — author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
- John F. Callahan, M.A., Ph.D. — literary executor for Ralph Ellison
- Iris Chang, B.A. 1989 — author of The Rape of Nanking
- Dave Eggers, attended 1980s and 90s, B.S. 2002 — author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
- Stanley Elkin, B.A. 1952, Ph.D. 1961 — National Book Critics Circle Award winner for George Mills in 1982 and for Mrs. Ted Bliss in 1995
- Lee Falk, 1932 — creator of The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician
- Irene Hunt, B.A. 1939 — Newbery Medal-winning author of Up a Road Slowly
- Richard Powers, M.A. 1979 — novelist
Advertising and marketing
- Helen Min, B.S. 2005, M.S. 2006 — founding member of Facebook and former Head of Vertical Marketing, Global Business Marketing in Facebook, current head of enterprise marketing at Dropbox
- "Illinois | College of Media | Faculty & Staff | College Administration". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
- "On-Campus Student Enrollment". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
- "Illinois College of Media Advertising". Retrieved 2015-05-05.
- QS World University Rankings
- Department of Agricultural Communication
- Department of Advertising
- Department of Journalism
- Department of Media and Cinema Studies
- Institute of Communications Research
- Helen Min