As we at Medill here have started turning more towards multimedia journalism, the clients who subscribe to our graduate-run wire service haven’t been able to support some of the Flash-based video pieces we’ve produced for our Web site Medill Reports.
The Medill News Service, a wire service run by graduate students at the Medill School of Journalism has provided local coverage on Chicago politics, business, legal affairs, etc. for area publications since 1995. Basically, Medill graduate students report in Chicago, and Chicago-area publications who can’t afford the reporting pay for the stories. (Clients include the Daily Herald, the Daily Southtown, the Northwest Indiana Times, the Chicago Defender, among others.) The Medill News Service also runs a Washington Bureau. Washington clients include the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and the Greeley Tribune in Colorado.
So why do we need to buy all this equipment?
What distinguishes a New Media student from the rest of the track?
Lavine didn’t have a good answer to this. He agreed that Flash will have a huge impact, but I didn’t think he clearly articulated a prediction for what the New Media curriculum, as distinguishable from the broader curriculum, would look like.
Where do I look for a job if I’m interested in forward-looking community journalism?
This was my question. Lavine mentioned a few of the obvious (Lawrence, KS, Bakersfield, etc.) but ultimately referred me to Rich Gordon.
What about the name change?
The Medill School of Journalism will always have “Medill” in the title. Period.
The push to reexamine the name came from alumni of the Journalism department who felt ill-served by the title “The Medill School of Journalism,” because it’s narrowing and old. Medill does more than that.
He used the League of Women Voters example. When they began admitting men, they had a discussion on whether or not to change the name. Ultimately they decided not to. But they had the discussion.
Finally, students asked a lot of micro-level questions such as, how long will we retain our Northwestern e-mail accounts, or classes pertaining to specific classes, or issues with registration. Anyone who knows the Dean knows he refers questions such as those to other people.
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