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Jenny Gross

Jenny Gross (BSJ10)

Reporter at The Wall Street Journal, London Bureau

Jenny Gross

Why did you choose Medill?

I chose Medill because I wanted to improve my writing, to learn how to tell stories and to get a taste of investigative reporting. I also wanted to work with the Innocence Project (now the Medill Justice Project) to report on cases of people who believe they were wrongfully convicted.

What is your fondest memory of your time at Medill?

I had many fond moments at Medill, but the fondest was away from Medill on my Journalism Residency in Cape Town. I loved having the opportunity to see a newsroom in action, pitch ideas at story meetings and learn about South Africa through speaking to people and weaving their stories together for the local Cape Town newspaper.

What was the greatest challenge you faced during your Medill career?

Our team’s work for the Innocence Project was some of my most rewarding and challenging work at Medill. Learning how to find the right tone for an interview with someone who has witnessed a serious crime and how to work effectively as part of a team are lessons that I’ve carried with me throughout my career.

Why do you think Medill is unique?

The Journalism Residency program was a great opportunity to get real newsroom experience and to determine if journalism was the right career path.

What was your greatest achievement or best experience during the program?

Through a series of stories at the Cape Times, I wrote about the struggling clothing and textiles industry in South Africa, under pressure from cheap Chinese imports. It was rewarding to see how members of the public responded to those stories.