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About Us

Medill, a leader in education since 1921, offers programs in journalism and integrated marketing communications that combine enduring skills and values with new techniques and knowledge that are essential to thrive in today's digital world.

Medill has a long-standing reputation for academic excellence. As the media industry experiences unprecedented change, Medill leads the way. We are training a new generation of multimedia journalists and integrated marketing communications professionals who are not only thriving in this evolving media landscape but also helping shape it.

A Message from the Dean: Our Vision and Mission

Medill is widely recognized as one of the leading schools of its kind in the world. For more than 95 years, the school has trained generations of highly respected journalists and advertising and IMC professionals. For the next generation, Medill has a responsibility to train and inform future global leaders who will thrive in and help shape a new media landscape.

Medill is, and always will be, more than a specific location or singular experience. The school has programs in Evanston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. Medill faculty and students are an important part of the Northwestern University program in Qatar. About 130 talented full-time faculty and staff work for Medill. Another group of experienced professionals serve as adjuncts. More than 15,000 alumni put their Medill training and values to work around the globe each day. They serve as ambassadors for Medill and a supportive network for one another.

Today, Medill blends history and values with innovation and change. Many of its programs are unlike any others in the world. Over the next few years, we will establish new programs for the school that will add to this great history and serve today’s students and media.

As I wrote in September 2012, my first month as dean, I am reminded often in this era of university work of an important speech by Herman B Wells, a great university leader throughout the 20th century. Wells said when there are great challenges, as there always will be, a university can respond with great resources: excellent faculty, quality students, forward-looking leaders and outstanding alumni. When those four groups work together, Wells said, anything can be accomplished.

I believe the strength of these four groups at Northwestern University and Medill will help us to be the best school in the world.

Bradley J. Hamm