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National Security Journalism Initiative
The Medill School of Journalism, a national leader in journalism education for decades, is now with the assistance of a generous McCormick Foundation grant expanding that leadership role into building a specialty, or a sequence of courses, into areas of national security journalism education.

The school is providing journalists-in-training and working journalists with the knowledge and skills necessary to report accurately, completely and with context on events and issues related to defense, security and civil liberties. The Initiative aims to expand single courses previously offered on covering conflicts and terrorism and the press and the Pentagon and to include new classes focused on national security, homeland security and civil liberties.

An additional grant from the Carnegie Corporation is supporting original research and establishing thought leadership on media and journalistic performance on these topics, always with an emphasis on the public interest. The funds will support three research fellows who will each spend six months to produce actionable research on topics of national security, defense and civil liberties that will inform journalistic practice and help increase public engagement in these areas.

Over the past few years Medill has offered single courses – some multiple times – on covering conflicts and terrorism; the press and the Pentagon; and privacy, civil liberties and homeland security. They have been well-attended and are unique items in the Medill curricula, leading us to see potential in building a specialty, or a sequence of courses, around these important topics.

To achieve that goal, the McCormick Foundation is providing $1.3 million for a three-year initiative, which started in January 2009. The ultimate goal is for Medill to be a leader in journalism education in the area of national security. The school will provide journalists-in-training and working journalists with the knowledge and skills necessary to report accurately, reliably, completely and with context on events, developments and issues related to defense, security and civil liberties.

In addition, the Carnegie Corporation is providing $200,000 to support original research and establish thought leadership on media and journalistic performance on these topics, always with an emphasis on the public interest. The funds will support three research fellows who will each spend six months to produce actionable research on topics of national security, defense and civil liberties that will inform journalistic practice and help increase public engagement in these areas.

About the Initiative

The initiative has four interrelated components. Medill received support from the McCormick Foundation for the first three and from the Carnegie Corporation for the fourth.

A sequence of courses that equip graduate and undergraduate journalism students with the knowledge and skills to report on national security issues in ways that have relevance and meaning to a variety of audiences.

In-service training for working journalists and others working in the national security/communications field that will connect them with the latest research and expertise and facilitate networking. Medill will take advantage of its Chicago, Washington and Qatar locations and distance learning technology to enable wide participation.

An annual conference or symposium that will bring together experts and journalists in the field; result in published articles, reports and multimedia; and establish the Medill initiative as the leader in teaching and creating new knowledge around national security journalism.

Visiting Fellowships of six months' duration to produce practical and actionable research and creative output on these topics, and to expose students and practitioners to distinguished professionals and scholars in the field.

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nationalsecurityzone.org

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1325 G Street NW, Suite 730, Washington, DC, 20005, US

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