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Janice Castro

Janice Castro

Assistant Professor Emerita

Janice Castro is senior director of Medill’s graduate journalism program and director of its Global Journalism Program. She teaches interactive storytelling, reporting and media management, and has been a research fellow at Northwestern's Searle Center for Teaching Excellence and chair of Northwestern's Study Abroad faculty committee. She is a fellow in Northwestern's residential college system, and was selected by the Northwestern University Associated Student Government for the Faculty Honor Roll. From 2007 through 2012, she was Northwestern University’s coordinator for News21, a multimedia reporting collaboration by 12 universities funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism. A freelance writer and publishing consultant, she was a reporter and editor for Time Magazine for 26 years, where she was on teams that won awards for science and business reporting. A start-up senior editor of Discover Magazine. Covered politics, arts & entertainment, media, health care, women in business for TIME, contributed to special issues on presidential elections from 1976 through 1996. Author of The American Way of Health (Little, Brown 1994). Has freelanced for numerous magazines.

Castro headed Time's interactive operations and was Assistant Managing Editor, Time Inc. New Media, supervising online news and community for Time Inc. magazines including People, Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated and Money. Her teams provided Time news services for America Online, CompuServe and Microsoft, launched online sites for Time for Kids, Time Asia, Time Europe, won numerous national awards for editorial excellence, including honors from the Society for News Design, the White House Press Photographers Association and Editor & Publisher. Founding editorial director,, widely cited as one of the Web's best sites. Was a founding officer of the Online News Association, director and first vice president of the Overseas Press Club of America, board member of the Women's Media Group in New York, adviser to Consumers Union's Consumer WebWatch. Co-chairs the board committee on New Media for the Inland Press Association, which represents more than 1,200 member newspapers, and in addition to ONA is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Association of Women Journalists, the American Association of University Women and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Born in Oakland, California.


She's a graduate of National Louis University and Kellogg's Advanced Executive Program.