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Put what you’ve learned into practice

Journalism Residency

Put what you’ve learned into practice during the Journalism Residency program, where you will work alongside professional journalists for one quarter at one of Medill’s numerous media partners, giving you the real-world experience to propel your career.

Tyler Page holding a copy of the Boston Globe
Tyler Pager (BSJ17) completed his Journalism Residency at the Boston Globe. A highlight of his residency was a front-page story exploring the effect of tighter immigration enforcement under the Trump administration.

Learn by doing

In the Journalism Residency program, you can immerse yourself in a media outlet in Chicago, across the country or around the world. Medill’s priority is always the health and safety of our students so we may make adjustments to planned travel based on guidance from Northwestern’s Office of Global Safety and Security.

You’ll report, write and produce content on multiple media platforms for companies that range from CNN to Instagram to Or, practice your new skills at public relations and marketing companies. Wherever you go, you’ll develop new skills, test old ones, sharpen research tactics, explore new communication methods and build your confidence working under deadline pressure.

But you won’t be alone. A faculty mentor will work with you to ensure your time in the program results in development of your career. Medill also ensures that if you need aid, grants are available to help make sure your Journalism Residency isn’t a financial burden.

Work for media heavyweights

We work with you to match your interests to your site, from award-winning newspapers to cutting-edge digital publications.

Sample recent Journalism Residency locations

Broadcast (TV)

  • KSAT-TV (San Antonio, Texas)
  • NBC NEWS Partnerships
  • Univision
  • WCAV-TV (Charlottesville, Virginia)
  • WEEK-TV (Peoria, Illinois)
  • WGEM-TV (Quincy, Illinois)
  • WKOW-TV (Madison, Wisconsin)


  • Axios
  • Business Insider
  • Bustle
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • Facebook
  • Forbes
  • Golf Channel
  • LinkedIn
  • Military Times
  • Refinery29
  • The Ringer
  • Texas Tribune
  • U.S. News and World Report
  • Vox
  • Washington Post


  • Boston Globe
  • Chicago Sun-Times
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Denver Post
  • Observer (Sarasota, Florida)
  • Sacramento Bee
  • The Wall Street Journal


  • Audubon
  • Backpacker
  • Make It Better
  • New York Magazine
  • People
  • Popular Science
  • Smithsonian Magazine
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Sunset
  • Variety


  • Futuro Studios
  • Golf Channel
  • Latino USA (NPR)
  • MAK Pictures
  • PBS’ POV
  • Picture Show Films
  • Sikich
  • WLRN Miami Herald News

Marketing/public relations

  • 360i
  • Bustle Digital Group
  • DDB Chicago
  • Edelman
  • Instagram
  • Kivvit
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • MSL
  • Weber Shandwick
  • Yelp

Medill Students on JR at Instagram.

Some Medill undergraduate students worked at Instagram for their Journalism Residency. The JR program pairs students with major media outlets and companies, where they spend a quarter with the organization.