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Medill is a leader in education and research in both journalism and integrated marketing communications. Our innovative teaching and research focus on enduring skills and values as well as new techniques and technologies that are changing the way stories are told and consumed in today's digital world. Now in our 100th year in 2021, our experience in leading these disciplines is unparalleled.

As the media industry experiences unprecedented change, Medill leads the way. We are training a new generation of multimedia journalists, communicators and marketers who are not only thriving in this evolving media landscape but also helping shape it. Medill's expertise extends beyond teaching to the field of academic research, where our faculty are thought leaders who continually develop new theories, applications and scholarly work in journalism and IMC.

Our Dean 

Headshot of Charles Whitaker wearing a suit.Charles Whitaker is dean and professor at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. Previously, he served as the Helen Gurley Brown Professor and associate dean of journalism for the school. Before joining Medill in 1993, Whitaker held various positions in journalism, including senior editor at Ebony Magazine, deputy feature editor at the Louisville (Kentucky) Times and newspaper reporter at the Miami Herald. He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Medill.

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