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Washington, D.C., Newsroom

For more than 50 years, Medill’s award-winning Washington program has provided our students the opportunity to cover power, politics and government from the nation’s capital.

A front row seat to history

Students receive official press credentials, which allow them to access Capitol Hill alongside veteran journalists. You will report for Medill News Service’s professional clients, including two dozen print publications, local news stations, trade publications and websites across the country. You can earn bylined clips with Washington datelines and broadcast reports with stand-ups in front of the U.S. Capitol building and other national monuments.

You will continue honing your journalistic skills covering issues such as:

Matt Yurus (MSJ15)
"Medill, along with its Washington, D.C., program, provided me with the fundamentals, pedigree and Rolodex to jumpstart my career. As a result, it has my unwavering support and highest recommendation." Matt Yurus (MSJ15)

Field Producer, Multimedia Journalist, Reporter, WUSA-TV, CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C.

You’ll report breaking news and find stories on Capitol Hill, at the Supreme Court, in the White House, at the State Department and at other government agencies. You’ll use social media tools like Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr and Instagram to update your reports throughout the day.

Our reporting teams have partnered with professional journalists to analyze data and publish findings. For example, a partnership with the Center for Public Integrity and American Public Media resulted in award-winning investigative projects that led to new policies on how lawmakers report trips financed by private interests.

Students in our Politics and National Security master’s specialization spend three quarters based in the Washington, D.C., newsroom. Students in other specializations typically spend one quarter based in Washington. All master’s students benefit from the deep network of Medill alumni working in Washington. The Medill network provides you with mentoring and career coaching to support your career aspirations.

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