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biden: sanctions on russia until peace in ukraine


“The United States sanctions on Russia must and will remain in place until the Minsk Agreement is fully implemented,” said Vice President Joe Biden at the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank.

‘Reporting Vietnam’ a gritty look at covering the vietnam war


Marking the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War, a new exhibit allows visitors to take a retrospective look at the war’s legacy through the lens of American journalists.



Medill graduate students are hard at work covering the 2015 GI Film Festival, an annual celebration of films that pay homage to the military experience. Check out their suite of stories below:



josh meyer moderates war reporting talk at University of Chicago institute of politics


Didn’t make it out to the event, featuring NBC’s Richard Engel and The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson in conversation with Medill National Security Journalism Initiative Director of Education and Outreach Josh Meyer?


The National War College  in Washington opened its doors to students from the Medill NSJI on May 19.

medill nSJI students embed at twentynine palms

Lieutenant Colonel Charlie Von Bergen is the commanding officer of the 3rd Battalion 11th Marines. This is one of nine active Marine artillery battalions in the U.S. military. Though they are based in 29 Palms, California, they regularly travel to Okinawa, Japan, for more training on the howitzer, the Marine’s primary weapon. (Ezra Kaplan/MEDILL NSJI)

Students from Medill’s National Security Journalism Specialization program embedded with United States Marines at the Twentynine Palms base in California’s Mojave Desert.

How to Encrypt and Protect Digital Communications using PGP

TestBed's David Reese (left) looks on while and Aaron Rinehart (right) broaches the topic of password management with the seminar crowd. (Jennifer-Leigh Oprihory/MEDILL NSJI)


“Encryption works. Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things that you can rely on. Unfortunately, endpoint security is so terrifically weak that NSA can frequently find ways around it.”

— Edward Snowden, answering questions live on the Guardian’s website

From surveillance to self-censorship, journalists are being subjected to increased threats from foreign governments, intelligence agencies, hacktivists and other actors who seek to limit or otherwise manipulate the information they possess. If journalists are communicating insecurely and without encryption, they put themselves, their sources and their reporting at unnecessary levels of risk.

The aim of this how-to guide is to provide a clear path forward for journalists to protect the privacy of their reporting and the safety of their sources by employing secure communication methodologies that are proven to deliver.

→ Read the complete NSZ guide here

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