Career Paths

Where might you go with a Medill degree?

The variety of positions and achievements Medill alumni have attained serve as inspiration to those who have great ambition for careers in journalism, media and marketing communications. As these industries quickly evolve, you might be imagining a career path that doesn't even currently exist. Regardless, the skills and experiences you will gain here will prepare you to pursue big goals. Here are just a few examples of career directions our graduates have taken, along with a sample of our alums holding notable positions in these fields. If you're reading this, you're probably considering the value of a Medill degree. Here's proof. 


Online Reporting, Editing and Publishing Careers

Oprah.com, The Huffington Post, Texas Tribune and Politico. These are just a few of the online news outlets employing Medill alumni today. If you are interested in Interactive Publishing, Medill is on the forefront of developing new ways to consume and disseminate news. From mobile news apps to database-driven tools that create infographics on the fly, Medill will teach you the skills you need to work in the most desirable online news organizations.

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Strategic Communications Careers

Corporate communications and public relations are becoming increasingly sophisticated and effective in a media-saturated world. Students in this strategic communications specialization pursue careers where they develop organizational communications for an array of audiences including consumers, employees, investors, business partners and regulators.

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Brand Strategy Careers

IMC students in the Brand Strategy specialization pursue careers in an array of positions dealing with the development and execution of branding.

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Broadcast Reporting and Producing Careers

Medill is unequalled as a place to study video storytelling, broadcast and documentary filmmaking.

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Magazine Writing, Editing and Publishing Careers

Medill has long been known as the leading place to study magazine writing, editing and publishing. The storied Magazine Publishing Project, now more than 30 years old, continues to evolve technologically, as online magazines grow and thrive, while also staying true to the core of the program, which is magazine writing, editing and innovation. Whether creating a new magazine concept or re-vamping an existing title, as the graduate students have done for Ebony, Reader’s Digest, Forbes Top Schools and Science Illustrated.

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Digital and Interactive Marketing Careers

Students explore how these innovative media platforms work and how consumers and other audiences can be engaged through interactive communications.

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Marketing Analytics Careers

As media become increasingly digitized, data and analytics become more central to marketing communications. The growth of big data and computational power are making marketing communications more quantitative.

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Content Marketing Careers

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