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Fiscal Year 2023 Update

College of Media

Celebrating the impact of your generosity

This year, many recent investments came to fruition thanks to the generosity of our donors, as highlighted in the features below. We broke ground on the Richmond Studio renovation (see rendering above), which will have a remodeled broadcast studio and a new control room, a video and audio production room where students can record podcasts, upgraded equipment, and more. We implemented our first year of Media faculty- and staff-led projects assisted by the Mark L. Brandt Public Engagement Fellows program. The Frank Center and the Ebert Center both hosted programming on timely topics, from reporting on elections and politics to examining violence in the media. Finally, donations to our Media Innovation Fund are helping support new and ongoing media literacy initiatives in the college, with a focus on research and discovery, engagement and outreach, plus education and training.

Thank you for making the College of Media a priority and supporting our bold plans.

Tracy Sulkin
Signature Tracy Sulkin
Dean of the College of Media

FY 2023 By the Numbers

Thanks to your support during this past fiscal year, the College of Media continues to be transformed, resulting in:

Dollars Raised1,554,115 Dollars Raised

Donors618 Donors

Gifts535 Gifts

Gifts from small to large302 Gifts Between $1 and $100

Party201,704 Unrestricted Dollars Raised

*Data as of 8/1/23.

FY 2023 Highlights

Your support has helped us continue to elevate the values that make Illinois distinctive: a sense of boundless aspiration, collaboration, and a global perspective.

Richmond studio under construction for rennovations.

Richmond Studio Undergoes $2M Renovation

Students in the College of Media will have access to a state-of-the-art broadcast studio and newsroom in Fall 2023 after nearly $2 million in renovations are completed at the Richmond Studio.

The renovation project, which began in March, is made possible thanks to a gift from Richard and Leslie Frank. In 2020, the Franks gave the College of Media $7.5 million—the largest gift in college history—to establish the Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media and to renovate Richmond Studio. This project is the first major overhaul of the building since it was erected in 1996, funded by a $2 million gift from Jack C. and Marjorie Laird Richmond.

Read more.

Steve Kornacki giving a presentation.

Frank Center Brings Steve Kornacki and Other Prominent Journalists to Campus

Steve Kornacki, a national political correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, joined us in March to discuss covering elections and sports on the Big Board with Colleen King, director of the Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media and clinical assistant professor of journalism.

The Frank Center also held a panel discussion on politics and elections in October, weeks before the 2022 midterm elections with journalists from TV, radio, and print media. Panelists included David Chalian, CNN Political Director; Vivian Salama, Wall Street Journal National Security Reporter; Alice Yin, Chicago Tribune City Hall Reporter; and Domenico Montanaro, NPR Senior Political Editor.

Watch the Q&A with Steve Kornacki.

Watch the panel on politics and elections.

Student smiling and giving presentation

Mark L. Brandt Public Engagement Fellows Program Funds Media Projects

In Fall 2022 and Spring 2023, projects led by College of Media faculty and staff were funded by the Mark L. Brandt Public Engagement Fellows program to provide undergraduate Media students with professional experience in public engagement activities. It also provided opportunities for students to participate in programs that support first-generation college students, students from underrepresented groups, and/or students with significant financial need.

One of the Brandt Fellows, a senior in computer science + advertising, discussed her experiences with the “Mis/Disinformation in Asian and Asian American Communities Research Project,” led by Rachel Kuo, assistant professor of media and cinema studies.

Read more.

Students watching martin scorsese on a projector in a lecture hall.

Martin Scorsese Shares Video Message about Roger Ebert Center for Film Studies

The Roger Ebert Center for Film Studies officially launched at the University of Illinois on October 28, 2022, including opening remarks by Chaz Ebert, a video message from legendary filmmaker and Roger Ebert’s friend Martin Scorsese, the inaugural Roger Ebert Lecture, and a film screening.

Watch Martin Scorsese’s video.

Learn more.

Speaker giving a presentation during the IMEDIA workshop inside a classroom with students.

IMEDIA Hosts Show & Tell Workshop on Teaching Media Literacy

The Initiative for Media Education Inquiry and Action (IMEDIA), a project of faculty and students in the College of Media and the College of Education, hosted a workshop for high school teachers in Summer 2023 to share experiences and challenges teaching media literacy, to gain some new resources and information to share in the classroom, and to network with fellow Illinois educators interested in media literacy. The keynote speaker addressed implications of ChatGPT for teaching.

Learn more.

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