MedillTalks to share great ideas in journalism on Feb. 27

How does the Frankenstein factor interfere with science reporting? And why is one backpack journalist not enough to do a story justice? Can you create a DIY class effectively?

Learn about these insights and more from nine Medill faculty members who will attempt to define the best ideas in journalism at the first-ever "MedillTalks: Where Great Ideas Take The Lede." The event will be Thursday, Feb. 27, at the McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston.

Showcasing the diversity of ideas and thoughtful innovations from Medill faculty, this two-hour event features 10-minute talks from journalism instructors completing the phrase, “The best ideas in journalism…” Award-winning WGN-TV journalist  Randi Belisomo (MSJ06) will be the host of the event.

MedillTalks featured speakers include:

  • Jazmin Beltran, adjunct lecturer,  on journalism as service
  • Caryn Brooks, assistant professor, on why the best stories are not all in one backpack
  • Michael Deas, lecturer, on diversity as a business planDeborah Douglas, adjunct lecturer, on observation
  • Craig Duff, professor, on how technology helps us tell stories
  • Abigail Foerstner, assistant professor on the Frankenstein factor
  • Michele Weldon, assistant professor emerita-in-service, on the seeds of personal stories
  • Emily Withrow, assistant professor,  on the DIY class 
  • Owen Youngman, Knight professor of digital media strategy, on questions about the future to address the present.

“This is an opportunity to hear the latest insights into journalism and its future from faculty who are engaged in teaching as well as actively involved in the profession,” said Weldon, who is organizing the event as part of the Medill Public Thought Leaders initiative, launched in September 2013.    

Speakers will answer questions from the audience following the nine live talks. A reception will follow the event.  MedillTalks is a free and open event. Register at:

For more information or to arrange an interview with one or more of the speakers, contact Michele Weldon at