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Leader in Education and Research

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. As we enter our second century, our experience in leading these disciplines is unparalleled.

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Training The New Generation

As the media industry experiences unprecedented change, Medill leads the way in preparing for it. We’re training a new generation of multimedia journalists, communicators and marketers who aren’t 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
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  • 103
    Years Of Medill Excellence
  • 5
  • 18,000
  • 32
    Travel programs

Meet our Dean

Charles Whitaker is dean and professor at the 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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Explore What Our
Campuses Offer

  • Locations


    We are a single school, but the way our students experience Medill can vary greatly. With six campus locations, plus online options for some programs, Medill is committed to offering students a diverse and customizable learning environment.

  • Centers and Institutes

    Centers and Institutes

    Medill is home to several centers and institutes that research and create new knowledge in the areas of journalism and integrated marketing communications. Faculty members lead these initiatives, many of which also have components of student involvement.

The Medill Experience

Medill's 5 campus locations offer a wide range of opportunities and our expertise extends beyond teaching to the field of academic research.

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Base your Medill studies on Northwestern’s Evanston campus on the shores of Lake Michigan just north of Chicago. Here, you can pursue an undergraduate degree in journalism or our Full-Time Integrated Marketing Communications Master's degree.

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Our downtown space, located on Upper Wacker with stellar views of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and Navy Pier, is a hub for both graduate journalism and IMC Professional students for class work, group meetings and connecting with alumni and media professionals.

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San Francisco

Medill’s newest campus location gives Medill students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Bay Area’s high-tech, entrepreneurial culture and prepare for the future of digital media.

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Washington, D.C.

Since 1966, Medill has operated a newsroom in the nation’s capital, allowing students to gain hands-on experience while reporting from Capitol Hill.

NU Qatar campus


Operating within Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), Medill offers undergraduate journalism courses as well as semester-long residency opportunities from this Middle East campus.


Medill Local News Initiative

The Medill Local News Initiative is an innovative research and development project aimed at providing greater understanding of how digital audiences engage with local news and finding new approaches to bolster local news business models.

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Spiegel Research Center

Medill Spiegel Research Center conducts evidence-based, data-driven analysis to prove the relationship between customer engagement and purchase behavior in social media, mobile devices, customer reviews and more.

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Intent Lab

Intent Lab is a research unit created by Medill IMC and Performics. Its purpose is to find new ways to strengthen brands through understanding how consumer decisions are made and how brand engagement can be improved.

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