Mediapalooza 2022

Congratulations on your admission into the University of Illinois College of Media! We look forward to meeting you at Mediapalooza on Saturday, April 9, 2022. Please note that this event is by invitation only for first-year students admitted to the College of Media.


About Mediapalooza

This event provides opportunities for first-year students admitted to Media to participate in a variety of engaging activities related to their major. Students will have the opportunity to meet some of their faculty, new classmates, and current Media students, and student organizations. Through a series of panels, workshops, and discussion activities, admitted freshmen will learn more about their curriculum, getting involved in student media, and what it means to be a Media student at Illinois. Mediapalooza is the BEST way to decide that Illinois is the place for you!

Schedule of Events

Mediapalooza programming will run from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, in Gregory Hall. It will complement nicely with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions Office’s Admitted Saturday Visit programming that morning. A more detailed programming schedule will be posted closer to the event. The general format of the afternoon will be:

  • 1:30-2: Check-in outside Room 31 Gregory Hall
    • Tours available of Gregory Hall basement classroom facilities
  • 2-2:30: Departmental meetings
    • Meet with your admitted major
  • 2:45-3:15: Concurrent session #1
    • Choose to attend a themed media session offered by one of our three departments*
  • 3:30-4: Concurrent session #2
    • Choose to attend a themed media session offered by one of our three departments*

*Some of the topics include:

  • Connect with Our Professional Journalism Groups
  • Sports Media Industries
  • MACS Movie Magic
  • Social Media Influencing
  • MACSphoria
  • Experiential Learning & Immersion in Advertising


If you have any questions, please contact:
Student Services Center
College of Media at Illinois
217-244-4329 |

Additional resources

  • Watch this special Good Morning Illini broadcast produced by Media students in 2021!

You'll see some renovated classrooms in Gregory Hall as well as the Richmond Studio broadcast facility; learn about the new CS+Advertising major; hear from Roger Ebert Fellows and their mentor, film critic Michael Phillips; learn about the student-produced UIUC Film Festival; hear from faculty members Alison Davis (Emmy Award-winning journalism lecturer) and Jay Rosenstein (Peabody Award-winning media and cinema studies professor) about their documentary filmmaking courses; get to know advertising assistant professor Jacob Fisher; hear advice from famous Media alum Sean Evans, host of the celebrity hot wings/talk show Hot Ones; learn about student access to Illinois Public Media (WILL-AM-FM-TV); get to know Leon Dash (Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism professor and co-founder of NABJ); and learn about Illini Sports Night.

Virtual tours