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Medill announces new Technology and Business graduate journalism specialization

Students to study in Chicago and San Francisco for skills to cover today’s global fast-paced technology innovations

March 16, 2018
An intersecting street sign is pictured--one sign says "technology" and the other side says "business"
Photo taken by Medill student Ethel Jiang (MSJ18) at the Chicago Board Options Exchange, March 2018

Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications will offer a new graduate journalism specialization in Technology and Business starting this fall.

Students accepted to the yearlong specialization will spend two quarters at Medill’s campus in downtown Chicago and two quarters in San Francisco at Northwestern’s campus in the city’s financial district.

“The industry needs more journalists who can help readers and viewers understand how the constant evolution of technology affects their lives every day,” said Medill Associate Dean Charles Whitaker. “This is one of the reasons we were the first program of our kind to establish a campus in San Francisco. We want our students to be able to experience the tech and entrepreneurial heartbeat that drives the city and many markets around the world.”

Included in the curriculum is a quarter-long technology and business-related practicum or thesis project to be completed in San Francisco.

Students will have opportunities to cover stories and learn more about how technology is affecting business in a variety of settings, which could include travel domestically and abroad.

“All kinds of employers are looking for journalists and writers who can cover the ever-evolving technology and business industries,” said Desiree Hanford, Medill lecturer and leader of the specialization. “The new program combines the established excellence of Medill’s journalism education with putting students in San Francisco, right in the heart of the intersection of media, technology and business.”

Medill has an extensive and enthusiastic alumni network in the area. Medill alumni who work in tech, journalism, and media in the larger Bay Area have been invaluable in connecting Medill students and programs to their companies.

Applications to start the Technology and Business specialization in fall 2018 will be accepted through May 1. To apply, visit Learn more about the Technology and Business specialization.