Medill has a longstanding reputation for journalism excellence, and as the media industry undergoes this unprecedented change, Medill leads the way in training a new generation of multimedia journalists and communicators who will not only thrive in this new media landscape, but also help shape it.
In fact, they already do just that. Medill alums work as social media managers for websites, backpack journalists for TV stations, assistant and account executives for public relations firms. They also hold positions such as business reporters, magazine editors, graphic designers and advertising managers.
These successes are no accident. Medill professors prepare students to be great journalists and communicators who can research, report and produce content that matter to audiences. Our classes give students hands-on skills, allow for the opportunity to innovate and foster critical thinking.
Here you will be immersed in real-world experiences ranging from storefront newsrooms in diverse Chicago neighborhoods to journalism residencies at media organizations in the U.S., South Africa and the Middle East. You might spend a quarter as a digital journalist in Washington, D.C., or pursue your own reporting and research projects abroad through the Eric Lund Global Reporting and Research Grant.
For current Medill undergraduates who want to pursue a graduate degree, Medill offers the Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP). Students earn the BSJ and MSJ degrees in less than five years. Admission is highly selective and the eligibility criteria for application are quite specific; students typically apply during their junior year. Interested students should contact the Office of Student Life to determine if this is a possible option for their individual situations, as well as the Office of Graduate Admissions to learn about the application process. Students should also refer to their Medill Handbooks for a complete description of policies regarding the program.