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
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
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.