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Exclusive Opportunities

At Medill, you will find dozens of opportunities to learn new skills, try new things, travel domestically or globally and meet professionals working in the field.

Explore the world and your passion for journalism

Because we deeply believe that future journalists need to learn about journalism around the world, we offer a variety of domestic and global reporting trips and opportunities to work with leading media outlets and industry experts.

In the MSJ program, you can:

  • Meet and network with top professional journalists and newsmakers
  • Train at Medill’s Chicago Newsroom overlooking Navy Pier
  • Experience reporting from Washington, D.C.
  • Learn about media startups in San Francisco
  • Practice investigative reporting in our Medill Justice Project
  • Meld journalism and technology in the Knight Lab
  • Probe social justice issues with Chicago journalists

By focusing your experiences on your unique interests, you can gain skills and relationships that will benefit you in your future career.

Travel and report domestically and globally

Student group in Cuba

Medill Explores

Through Medill Explores, you will have access to a variety of week-long learning and reporting adventures, many of which include domestic or international travel.

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Student working at BBC in London

Global Journalism Residency

Gain international exposure and build on your Medill training by spending 10-12 weeks in a newsroom abroad as an optional fifth quarter.

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Train with Medill from Coast to Coast

Chicago

Chicago Newsroom

Take classes at our space in downtown Chicago, located in the Loop among top media companies and with easy access to journalists, many of whom are Medill alumni.

Washington, D.C.

Student reporting on camera in Washington, D.C., in front of the Supreme Court building.

Train at Medill’s D.C. campus and work as a credentialed journalist reporting on Congress, the White House, politics and national security.

San Francisco

San Francisco campus classroom

Study design thinking and examine the intersection of technology and innovation at our San Francisco campus, right in the middle of the Bay Area’s entrepreneurial culture.

Meet and learn from top journalists

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Medill Fridays

On Fridays throughout the year, you'll hear from industry expert visitors, attend workshops to learn about specific topics and connect with your fellow Medill students in an informal setting.

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George RR Martin speaking at Medill with students.

Guest speakers at Medill

We offer access to an unmatched array of guest speakers who work in a wide variety of media. These speakers share their expertise and network with Medill students while visiting campus.

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Build your skills

Knight Lab

MSJ student in Knight Lab holding VR headsets

Explore how technology changes the way we report, consume and share news and information. Work with a team to develop new technology tools for journalists.

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Medill Justice Project

MSJ students reviewing documents and files together

Examine potentially wrongful convictions, probe national systemic criminal-justice issues and conduct groundbreaking research with guidance from seasoned investigative journalists.

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Earn a Dual Degree

Logos for East China Normal University and Hong Kong Baptist University

We partner with top global universities to offer a dual degree master’s program in which students from East China Normal University and Hong Kong Baptist University can earn a master’s at their respective universities, then earn a master’s at Medill.

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