Chicago Student Newsletter

Chicago Campus Updates

We hosted an Adobe Workshop on Oct. 1 at the State Street Campus. Instructor Drewsean Williams facilitated the event to provide students the chance to practice their skills in Adobe. We continued our #IAMIMS campaign at the Chicago location. This past month Chicago’s very own Program Director for Windy City Underground Michelle Gonzalez was featured on the Illinois Media School Facebook page. Illinois Media School conducts the #IAMIMS campaign to demonstrate to our students and those interested in the school where your training and career in broadcasting can go, and who you can also network with here at the school.

We had our biggest class start of the year at our Chicago campus this September. We have 47 new students on our campus with AM, Afternoon, and Night classes. IMS provides many starts a year in order for our students to jump in and get ready for their dream career path. IMS in Chicago has a Core Value Program which recognizes our students, faculty, and staff for 6 categories of going above and beyond in Reason, Integrity, Winning, Customer Centric, Passion, and Creativity. Congrats to our winners, and our fantastic students Kevin Offett, La Tierra Randle, Dr. Diedrus Brown, Darnell Williams, and Amelia Finefrock. These students won for one of the following core values because their peers felt they displayed it well, and went above and beyond and deserved to be recognized here at Illinois Media School.


670 The Score held an event to find it’s Fantasy Football Reporter on September 13th here at the State Street campus in Chicago. Students and graduates were encouraged to come and try out for the chance of a life time! Illinois Media School believes in providing help in many different ways to break out into your dream career in media, such as doing events, internships, and also provides assistance with our Job Placement Department.


We have welcomed several new staff members here at our campus in Chicago.  We welcome on board Mike Gonzalez in our IT department, Michelle Gonzalez Program Director for Windy City Underground, and Paul Campos our new Graduate Assistant. We believe in having a strong staff with background experience in their prospective fields to help better our students experience and time here at IMS.

The admissions team of Paige Tobin and Tinka Randle would like to welcome the September 2016 classes to campus! We are excited to have morning, afternoon, and evening classes in session and off to a great start. Congratulations to those students who are already involved in the stations and IMS news team, we can’t wait to see what’s next for all of you. We are now looking forward to our fall sessions, including the Sports Broadcasting featuring the partnership with the Windy City Bulls and Audio Production Emphasis Programs, which will be very exciting for both new students and alumni. Let us know if you have any questions about these programs!



We added two new instructors: Mike Love from Soul 106.3FM and Ray Flores from ESPN and NBC Universal; and we welcomed back video instructor, Brian Harper. We graduated 31 students from the February Days and Nights class and April and May Sports Emphasis classes. has had a great few weeks! We have undergone some necessary changes, like technology upgrades to better serve our students, up-to-the-moment social media interactions to highlight artist interviews, award shows, and blog content.  We continually work to make the student experience a positive one by giving monthly reviews from our student advisor First Lady to each jock on the station.  Additionally, we have incorporated blogging and a standard format clock to better allow our students a “real world” experience. Streaming live content 10am to 10pm daily, is Chicago’s #1 destination for underground artists of all genres.  Part of the network is opening up its doors to musicians all over the Chicagoland area.


A couple new shows have started on in “Green and Avila” featuring Daniel Greenberg and Eric Avila and “The AKA Show” which feature Ali Abdou, Armond Jones and Chris Spencer. Charles Harris and Deylon Jeffries have made their return to CSR with “Hall of Fame Sports”. They featured David Kaplan as their guest on Spetmeber 30th to preview the Cubs in the postseason. “2nd City Sports” had on Dan Hellie from the NFL Network to talk about the Bears and the first quarter of the 2016 NFL season on September 29th.


“Mac and Read” is a finalist for the Silver Dome award for radio programming. Listen to all the great interviews and podcasts at

The Illinois Media School is proud to welcome alumni back to the State Street Campus and the Lombard Campus for our next Career Fairs. Traditional and Non-Traditional Media Companies will be here to talk to grads about current opportunities that are available. The Lombard Campus of IMS will hold their Career Fair on Wednesday, October 26th, from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., and the Chicago Campus will hold their Career Fair on Thursday, October 27th from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the State Street Campus. Watch your emails for more information. And if you have any questions, please call Career Services Director Don Clark at 331-215-4733.

Congratulations to Carla Calloway, a August Days ’15 graduate who is now employed with MSM Multimedia as a Radio Sales Executive.

Congratulations to Jacob Kenyon, an August Nights ’15 graduate who is now employed at the Sears Center in Video Production.

Also, a big THANK YOU to April Nights graduate William Smith for introducing me to Joseph Chopin, the CEO and Founder of 99 Years Studios, LLC. Thanks to the introduction, very soon we will be doing work with Joseph and the crew at Cinespace Chicago Studios. More on this in the very near future.

Remember, I, along with Art Porter, are here to help you with any questions or topics you may have regarding your career search. I can be reached at 331-215-4733.