NU Writers Fest event today!


May 13, 2015

12:30 -1:50 A Master Class by Connie Voisine (NU Only- Not open to the public)

5:30 A Reading by Roxane Gay

All festival events take place at the Hilton Orrington 9th Floor, Hinman Auditorium

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Fall Quarter 2015 Medill Classes open to non-Medill students

JOUR 350-0 – National Security

Thurs. 9-11:50 a.m.

Prof. Tim McNulty

Some seats available to non-Medill students with sophomore standing

This course explores the pressing security questions confronting the American people. The primary focus of the class is on the years since 9/11 and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, but the class also  draws on historical precedents to understand the interests of government bureaucracy and how war and the politics of fear impacts citizens’ rights. How real is the threat of “home grown terrorism”?   Is it possible to protect against cyber threats short of cyber warfare?  Does NSA surveillance erode not only our privacy but our civil liberties? After 13 years of costly warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan, should the nation rely more on covert Special Operations forces and CIA drone attacks?  We will hear from journalists, and from government leaders and military officers describing their often contentious and sometimes cozy relationship with the media.  This course is part of the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative; it is designed to complement courses in Evanston and Washington, but is open to all.

JOUR 373-0 – Investigative Journalism

Mon. 2-4:50pm

Prof. Alec Klein

Some seats available by instructor consent to non-Medill students with junior standing

The president of the United States is forced to resign. Evidence of genocide is unearthed. Secret prisons are discovered. In each case, investigative reporting has played a key role, and over the years, it has proven to be one of the highest forms of journalism: shedding light on wrongdoing, exposing corruption at the highest levels and taking on powerful people and institutions that have abused their power and the disenfranchised. In this course, we will focus on an important facet of journalism: investigating potentially wrongful convictions. This class isn’t about theory; it’s about pursuing the truth about real murder cases, interviewing skittish sources in often tough neighborhoods and prisoners serving time, sometimes decades, for crimes they say they didn’t commit. Students will be introduced to a variety of investigative techniques, interviewing skills, approaches to developing sources and employing public documents and databases. Of paramount importance in this class: student safety and adhering to the highest ethical standards in journalism. Students are expected to devote a tremendous amount of time in the field, weekdays and weekends, doing real shoe-leather journalism, knocking on doors, digging for information and determining whether there has been a miscarriage of justice. Students will be assisted by a veteran private investigator in the class and in the field. Keep in mind: Investigative reporting is hard. Expect to confront roadblocks. Anticipate spinning your wheels. There will be frustrations and setbacks. And along the way, hopefully, you will learn to think like an investigative reporter, you will learn by doing and you will do it by the most honorable methods and, so, come closer to discovering the truth.

JOUR 374-0 Investigative Reporting

Tues. 10-11:20 a.m./ Thurs. 9-12:50 p.m.

Prof. Louise Kiernan

Some seats available by application to non-Medill students with junior standing

In this course, students will examine investigative reporting from a historical, theoretical and ethical standpoint while developing essential hands-on skills to produce this work themselves. Through classroom and real-world experience, you will explore the power, limits and moral complexities of investigative reporting and encounter its struggles and triumphs firsthand. The class, co-taught by a Chicago Tribune reporter, will directly pursue a real-world journalism project. You should expect to spend significant time during and outside class hours conducting research and fieldwork and producing status reports. This course will help you analyze urgent, relevant and diverse issues; hone critical thinking, reporting and writing skills; and enrich your understanding of the communities and concerns that surround us.

JOUR 376-0 – Media Design

Weds. 2-4:50pm

Prof. Susan Mango Curtis

Some seats open to non-Medill students with sophomore standing

This is an undergraduate class that explores the fundamental tools of design, typographic contrast and color theory. You will analyze current approaches to newspaper, magazine, web and mobile design. We will discuss how planning, and developing visual communication contribute to better design product. Design is approach through writing and editing as a single process in which the written and visual aspects of journalism are given equal attention. Everyone is expected to take their project to a creative and highly innovative solution. This is achieved by following guidelines of good design process and spending the necessary time on each project. This forces you to think beyond the obvious and develop your ability to generate ideas.

All students are expected to present and defend their design solutions to the class. This course is divided into lectures, research, sketching, computer lab time, and critiques.


JOUR 390-0 – Bilingual reporting and storytelling

Tues./Thurs. 12-1:50 p.m.

Profs. Mei-Ling Hopgood and Cecilia Vaisman

Some seats open to non-Medill students with sophomore standing

This will be a bilingual course that will immerse students in Chicago’s vibrant Latino community, and require them to write and produce multimedia stories and communications in Spanish and English for a medium, such as Hoy, the Chicago Tribune’s Spanish language publication, or the Spanish language television network Univision. This course, scheduled for launch in Fall 2013, is designed to empower students to tell the stories of Latin Americans in the United States, as well as in Latin America, and reach these important audiences in the languages that they use daily.


JOUR 390-0 – Native Americans Tell Their History

Fri. 9 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Prof. Loren Ghiglione

Some seats open to non-Medill Students with sophomore standing
With discussions led by 13 Native American experts as well as Professor Loren Ghiglione, this seminar has three main objectives: to increase students’ knowledge of Native Americans at Northwestern, in journalism and across the United States; to improve coverage of Native Americans, who have often been underreported and stereotyped; to produce oral histories by American Indians of Chicago that will increase public understanding of the city’s Native American community.

Next week, the Eighth Annual Writers’ Festival will be held in Evanston!

All events take place at the Hilton Orrington, 9th floor, Hinman Auditorium

Tuesday, May 12: 5:30-6:30 A reading by Maggie Nelson

Wednesday, May 13: 5:30-6:30 A Reading by Roxane Gay

Thursday, May 14: 3:30-4:30 Guided Conversation with three authors moderated by Eula Biss, 5:30-6:30  A reading by Connie Voisine & 6:30 closing reception

8th annual

In addition to these events check out the other events happening during the first annual Evanston Literary Festival

May 11-18!

NCA Career Cat – On average, 50 jobs and internships posted every day…


NCA can help you set yourself up for success at any time throughout the year, no matter where you are in your career development. Did you know . . .


Employer Activities

BDT Capital Partners: Information Session
Thursday, May 14 | Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Time, location and RSVP in CareerCat (Events > Information Sessions)
Learn about the best practices for summer internships in finance and consulting from the representatives at BDT.

McKinsey’s Midwest Women’s Leadership Summit
Chicago Summit: Saturday, July 18, 2015 | Minneapolis Summit: Saturday, August 1, 2015
Open to rising juniors and seniors
Applications due on Friday, May 22
McKinsey’s Midwest Women’s Leadership Summit was established with the goal of bringing together female undergraduate leaders. This one day program will include dynamic workshops, inspiring presentations and discussion panels. Join McKinsey for this opportunity to learn and connect with your peers alongside a group of inspiring professional women.

NCA Workshops & Opportunities

Talk to NCA
Wednesday, May 13, 5-7 p.m. | The Multicultural Center, 1936 Sheridan | Open to undergraduate students
Searching for an internship/full-time position? NCA staff will be @ The MCC to help you identify opportunities in CareerCat and beyond. Stop by with your questions!

Spring Northwestern Alumni-Student Mock Interview Program
Wednesday, May 20, 7-9 p.m. | 630 Lincoln St., NCA Interview Center | Open to first year undergraduate students, sophomores, juniors
RSVP in CareerCat by Wednesday, May 13: Search CareerCat ID #112650
Participate in a one-on-one mock interview with a Northwestern alum and receive constructive feedback regarding interview skills.

More career events? Check out the Careers tab on PVMNT

Find daily career wisdom at @NUCareerAdvance and job and internship opportunities from CareerCat at @JobsforCats 

Books & Breakfast Paid Tutor Positions for 2015-2016

Passionate about education and interested in making a positive impact in the Evanston community? If so, Books & Breakfast may be for you. The longstanding Books and Breakfast program offers a nutritious breakfast and homework help to the children at Evanston’s Dewey Elementary School (grades K-5). This program serves approximately 30-40 students per day, for over 5,000 breakfasts. The children start their day not only fortified in body, but also buoyed by the support of an inclusive and caring community. Northwestern tutors commit for the 2015-2016 academic year, and work two or three days per week tutoring at Dewey. They also participate in training and engagement opportunities a few times per quarter. Learn more and apply here by Friday, May 15.


Link to more information and the application can be found here:

Sneak Peek at Fall Quarter 2015 Classes

Here is your preview of Fall Quarter 2015 Classes. *

Remember this course listing is provided as a snapshot of classes that might be of interest to you as an SoC student and is not meant to substitute for the listings in CAESAR or consultation with your advisor.  In fact, there are often changes made on the CAESAR listings right up until registration and sometimes even after. Additionally, not all pre-requisites have been listed for all classes because some course descriptions have not yet been posted. So, take a look and see what interests you and then make sure to check the CAESAR class listings to confirm the class details.

As always, if you have questions about your own degree progress or whether a class will count toward your major, minor, certificate or other additional program, make sure to check with your advisor. The advisor tab at the top of the Spotlight blog page  will take you to their email address and contact information.

Don’t forget: Pre-Registration for Fall Quarter 2015 begins on Monday, May 11th and ends Thursday, May 14th at 5:15 pm. Pre-registration and registration appointment times will be listed on your personal CAESAR account on Friday, May 8th, 2015.  Regular Registration is the week of May 18th, 2015.

* If  you click on the bookmark icon in the upper left corner of the pdf, you can easily navigate course topics.  In addition, there is a link to the Searchable CAESAR class description archive at the top of the page.

Have fun.

The latest in job and internship opportunities, career prep and exploration workshops, and campus recruiting and employer events from NCA.



Five opportunities to check out in CareerCat:

  • Right Point Microsoft Web Developer: CareerCat ID #112065, Apply by tonight, May 1 @ 11:59 p.m. (Open to juniors and seniors)
  • DV Trading Quantitative Trading Assistant: CareerCat ID #112074, Apply by May 11 (Open to seniors, alumni)
  • Chicago Children’s Museum Arts and Culture Programs Intern: CareerCat ID #112273, Apply by May 31 (Open to all students)
  • Fieldwork Inc. Market Research Intern – Milwaukee Area: CareerCat ID #111938, Apply by June 1 (Open to first year undergraduate students, sophomores, juniors)
  • American Red Cross of Greater Chicago Fall 2015 Internship: CareerCat ID #112473, Apply by July 29 (Open to all class levels)

Interested in getting customized internship and job search emails sent directly to your inbox? Use your own search criteria for internships and full time opportunities with CareerCat’s Job Search Agent.


Employer Activities

Bank of America Merrill Lynch: Finance Recruiting 101 Seminar
Friday, May 8, 2-3:30 p.m. | 620 Lincoln St., NCA office | First year undergraduate students and sophomores

RSVP is required by Tuesday, May 5
Join this pre-season recruitment event with Global Banking and Markets business representatives from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

McKinsey’s Undergraduate Women’s Impact Award
First year, sophomore and junior women are eligible to apply

Applications due on Friday, May 8
The McKinsey Women’s Impact Award will celebrate and support women who strive to meaningfully change the world. Award recipients receive $4,000 toward their summer employment, volunteer work, research or independent project pertaining to the fields of global public health, economic development and opportunity creation, sustainability and social innovation and technology.

NCA Workshops & Opportunities

NCA Consulting Boot Camp 
Apply in CareerCat by Sunday, May 3: Search CareerCat ID #112145
Are you an undergraduate student graduating between Dec. 2015 and June 2017? Do you have an interest in consulting? Join business professionals, alumni, and current students as you learn best practices for networking and preparing for the consulting industry through a series of four workshops. Please note: Applicants must upload their resumes and unofficial transcripts to CareerCat (#112145), along with completing an application that is linked within the CareerCat description.

2015 Fall Career Treks: NYC, DC, LA and SF
Apply by Monday, May 4 at 12 p.m. (Central)
Want to learn more about career paths in Marketing, Media, Government, Law, & Policy, Film & Television, Finance, Investment Banking, or Startups & Technology? Northwestern Career Advancement invites current first year undergraduate students, sophomores and juniors to join September Career Treks to New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco! Get an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to work at some of the top employers in these industries while connecting with Northwestern alumni and industry professionals.

Spring Northwestern Alumni-Student Mock Interview Program: Banking & Finance, Consulting
Wednesday, May 20, 7-9 p.m. | 630 Lincoln St., NCA Interview Center | First year undergraduate students, sophomores, juniors

RSVP in CareerCat by Wednesday, May 13: Banking & Finance: Search CareerCat ID #111663; Consulting: Search CareerCat ID #111664
Participate in a one-on-one interview with a Northwestern alum and receive constructive feedback regarding interview skills.

Other Career & Professional Opportunities

NU Club of DC Scholarship Opportunity
Application deadline: Friday, June 5 | Open to undergraduate and graduate students
Are you participating in an unpaid summer internship at a government, NGO, non-profit or media organization in Washington, D.C.? The NU Club of DC Scholarship Fund supplements student(s) living costs (including food, housing, and transportation) so that they can focus their time in Washington on professional and educational development. In order to qualify, you must be from outside the Washington, D.C. metro area (DC/MD/VA) and should be pursuing an unpaid position. In your application, please explain (approx. 500 words) why this internship opportunity in D.C. is important to your future career goals and how this scholarship would help you get there. Please submit your application by e-mail to Michele Cahill, Associate Director, Alumni Clubs and Programs, Northwestern Alumni Association, at Please make the subject: “NU Club of DC: Internship Application.” If you have any questions, please contact her via e-mail or phone at (847) 467-3545.

More career events? Check out the Careers tab on PVMNT.


Every job/internship results in gaining skills that are transferable to other work settings. Follow these steps to identify and express your skills to potential employers on a resume.

Find daily career wisdom at @NUCareerAdvance and job and internship opportunities from CareerCat at @JobsforCats.

Apply to the Fall Quarter Investigative Journalism class (Undergrads: JOUR 373-0-20; Grads: JOUR 427-0)


Apply to the Fall Quarter Investigative Journalism class (Undergrads: JOUR 373-0-20; Grads: JOUR 427-0)

• 2-unit course open to all Northwestern University rising juniors and seniors and MSJ students
• The only university class in the country where undergraduate students investigate a potentially wrongful murder conviction and publish their findings
• Historically, students have uncovered information that has played a role in the exoneration of prisoners and affected public policy decisions
• Learn the essentials of investigative reporting, including where to obtain public records, interviewing techniques and developing sources
• Ten seats available, by application only
• Applications are due Saturday, May 9, at 5 p.m.

For more information or questions, please contact Prof. Alec Klein, director of The Medill Justice Project, at alec‐ or visit To watch a video of former MJP students talking about their experiences in the class, visit To access the application online, visit

MJP class announcement fall 2015

FQ 2015 MJP application for Investigative Journalism undergraduate class