Back to School

It’s the start of the school year, and students are ready to explore new opportunities.

Package Deadline: Aug. 8, 2019

The Daily Illini produces three back-to-school sections which enlighten and entertain students and parents on a variety of topics. It’s the most comprehensive way to reach students as they come to campus!

Move-In Edition shows students how to decorate their spaces, where stock their refrigerators, and where they should explore around campus before class starts. On Quad Day, thousands of students flock to the Quad to join student organizations, and The Daily Illini will be on-site handing out thousands of copies of the Quad Day edition. Welcome Back Edition is published on a monumental day: the first day of class.

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Move-In Edition

Deadline: Aug. 8, 2019
Publication: Aug. 21, 2019

Students are buying decorations and groceries, and they’re getting dinner with their parents before sending them back home.

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Quad Day Edition

Deadline: Aug. 12, 2019
Publication: Aug. 23, 2019

Around 20,000 students flock to the Quad to learn about student organizations — and your business.

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Welcome Back Edition

Deadline: Aug. 15, 2019
Publication: Aug. 26, 2019

Published on the first day of school, students are getting in their groove of eating, shopping and going to class. (…and partying 🤪)

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“Choosing print advertising allows our business the flexibility to choose the size and frequency to fit our budget as we move throughout the year.”


If you can’t attend, please consider a donation to pay for students’ meals at the festivities.

Further info on livestreaming of the weekend’s events will be posted soon.

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Thank you, friends of Illini Media!

Alumni from across the country have banded together to create a weekend you won’t forget.

Make plans now to surround yourselves with friends, colleagues and many of the brightest minds in media today.

Reunion Weekend Planning Committee

Jim Schlueter, ’80 (chair)

Louise Gilmore Donahue, ’76

Hayley Drozd, ’17

Ed Epstein, ’74

Chris Harlan, ’13 – IMC board president

Maddie Heidtke – DI social media director

Rebecca Oriza – DI brand manager

Angelica Peebles, ’17

Liz Shields, ’06

Lisa Wells, ’82

Hall of Fame Selection Committee

Jenn Mesenbrink, ’90 (chair)

Linda Bergstrom, ’80

Mike Cetera, ’97

Kit Donahue, ’81

Jordan Dziura, ’93 – IMC executive director

Karen Hawkins, ’97

Karen Huelsman, ’80

Evan McLaughlin, ’05

Charlie Meyerson, ’77, ’78

Erik Riha – IMC board member

Heather Robinson, ’23 – DI editor in chief

Gwyn Skiles, ’24 – DI managing editor for reporting

Susan Santoro, ’93

Illini Media Company Fundraising Committee

Jordan Dziura, ’93 – IMC executive director

Maddie Heidtke – DI social media manager

Melissa Pasco – IMC business director

Jacob Singleton, ’19

Nancy Walker – IMC operations director

Your business’ brand will be amplified.

Award-winning designers, writers, photographers, videographers, and business strategists complete meaningful work at a modest price.

You’ll support students developing into leaders.

With 350 students currently involved, Illini Media has opened doors with real-world educational opportunities for 150 years.