Communications Vehicles

Public Affairs is responsible for developing strategies to make the best use of campus communications vehicles, as well as day-to-day management of these channels.

Campus Homepage

The Illinois homepage ( is managed by Public Affairs. It is designed to reach every possible campus audience and offers information to demonstrate the breadth of excellence across the campus. Some of the specific vehicles on the home page include:

Homepage Header Slider Show

Images selected for use as the banner image at the top of the campus homepage are carefully chosen to reflect the unique excellence of the university. The slideshow content may be related to news, discoveries, programs or university-wide events.

Homepage Story Boxes

There are nine smaller boxes near the middle of the homepage that are used to share information and stories from across the campus. These are intended to show a diversity of topics and experiences.

Featured Events Calendar

The homepage includes a bar of four events that represent events that are strategic and of interest to a wide variety of our audience. These are shifted nearly daily.

Social Media Channels

Our university-level social media channels have more than 800,000 followers across all platforms. Through careful and strategic content creation and curation, these channels ensure the university is sharing the Illinois story with the world on a consistent basis:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Snapchat
  • Weibo
  • WeChat
  • YouTube


This monthly newsletter is sent by Chancellor Robert J. Jones to share positive Illinois information and stories with our alumni, donors and university community.

News Releases

The News Bureau generates and coordinates news coverage of the Urbana-Champaign campus. They disseminate news and research stories to the news media through news releases.

Expert Viewpoints

These stories produced by the News Bureau feature a brief interview with campus experts on timely topics in the news. It reflects both the relevancy of campus scholarship on society’s critical issues, and the breadth of faculty and staff expertise.

Behind the Scenes

In order to show scholarship and university activity in more detail, this vehicle by the News Bureau features first-person stories of research projects or other university events. Have an idea? Email Diana Yates.


EWeek is the internal faculty-staff announcement notice produced weekly by Public Affairs and contains items of interest to the campus community. Subscribe/unsubscribe or submit an item.

Illinois in the News

Citations of Illinois news stories that appear in nationally and internationally prominent publications and broadcast media. A daily list of citations can be obtained via e-mail. Several campus units populate similar news citations on their own home pages by pulling from this list.

On Campus

This magazine-style piece acts as a visitor’s guide to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It provides need-to-know information and fun facts in a printed format.


University massmails share messages with large groups of internal audiences: undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff and/or extra help. Any faculty or staff member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign can request to send a Massmail.