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A three-month investigation by students from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications sheds new light on $3.2 billion U.S. mine clearance and victim assistance effort.

Deadly Debris: America’s legacy of explosive remnants around the world
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Hostages’ families call for better communication from government

Newseum EventThe U.S. government should provide more intelligence information to families of hostages taken by terrorists and other enemies, and news organizations should be mindful of the dangers to freelancers in conflict zones, experts and two mothers of captured journalists said at an event Wednesday at the Newseum.

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Obama, Merkel continue to pursue diplomatic solution in Ukraine

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 2.17.07 PMAt a joint news conference Monday, both leaders said Russia has violated the territorial integrity of Ukraine, which has seen an increase in violence in recent weeks. The U.S and Germany are working together to pursue a diplomatic solution, they said.

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James Foley’s mother calls for more support for freelance journalists

Diane_FoleyThe mother of James Foley—an American journalist killed by ISIS militants last year—is imploring the American press to stand by freelancers who are captured while reporting abroad.

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new Student article on army times

SchehlThe Army Times recently published another article by specialization student Matthew Schehl.


John McHugh: Sequestration would endanger IS fight

military times publishes Medill student report

Medill student Astrid Goh’s story, “Panel: Imams key to stopping domestic terrorists,” examines the need for European governments in the wake of the Paris attacks to enlist the help of Muslim religious leaders to counter Islamist radicalization.

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Website gives voice to members of American military

Launched in July, Blue Force Tracker shows what’s going on in the military through pieces often produced by current or former members of the armed forces.

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Medill is now accepting entries for the James Foley Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism

MedillMedalThe award is given to the individual or team of journalists, working for a U.S.-based media outlet, who best displayed moral, ethical or physical courage in the pursuit of a story or series of stories. The contest is open to journalists from newspapers, television stations, online news operations, magazines or radio stations. The story subjects may be local, national or international in scope.

Click here for more information on the award and how to apply

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The Medill National Security Journalism Initiative is a leading resource for covering national security issues and funded by the McCormick Foundation. Our biweekly email newsletter is a great way for journalists-in-training and working journalists to stay up to date with program events, journalism tips and student work.

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Josh Meyer speaks about the us food aid program at northwestern’s buffett center

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 9.31.51 AMIn a special program at Northwestern University’s Buffett Institute on Thursday, Feb. 12, Josh Meyer, Medill’s McCormick Lecturer in National Security Studies, discussed how intractable problems in the U.S. Food Aid Program perpetuate global food insecurity and instability.

Click here for “The Daily Northwestern” article on Meyer’s lecture

Hands-on training session offered to teach journalists how to encrypt and protect their emails

The Military Reporters and Editors association and the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative are co-sponsoring a one-day seminar, “Cyber Security Skill Workshop for Journalists: Sending Secure Email,” to be held April 3, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Northwestern University newsroom in Washington, D.C.

The one-day workshop will teach journalists how to equip themselves with the skills needed to protect their sensitive digital reporting information.

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James Foley’s death inspires other journalists

Northwestern University held a memorial service for the journalist, a graduate of the school who was slain by members of the Islamic State.

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James Foley: A legacy that lives on (VIDEO)

“Whistleblowers, Leaks, and the Media: The First Amendment and National Security”

The new book, edited by Medill’s Ellen Shearer, Paul Rosenzweig and Timothy McNulty delves into the various areas of law surrounding the recent and well-known cases of NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Private First Class Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, among others.

WATCH: Academics debate journalists’ role in national security leaks.





Delphine Halgand on the challenges for growing number of freelance journalists (Webinar)

Delphine Halgand, U.S. director of Reporters Without Borders, explains how freelance reporting is growing around the world and the need those reporters have for a support system as well as information. The organization and its offices provide help for journalists by advising them on available insurance plans, by showing them how to protect their computers as well as their sources from intrusive government snooping. For those covering conflicts, RWB even loans out helmets and flak jackets. The need is greater than ever, according to Halgand, as more governments and groups show hostility toward journalists trying to expose harsh conditions and wrongdoing.

How-to: Covering nuclear weapons operations

Penetrating the world of nuclear weapons is not as hard for a determined journalist as you might think – or as the government might like you to think. It is secretive but not inscrutable.

If you are committed and well-prepared, you can find news in this field and illuminate an aspect of U.S. national security that can seem like an abstraction, even an anachronism, but is still relevant to the lives of all Americans.

The key is knowing where to look, how to decipher the military lingo and why it matters what is taking place within the insular world of nuclear forces. You don’t need to be a military expert or a rocket scientist.

Continue reading our how-to guide on covering nuclear weapons.

Story behind the story

Read how AP’s national security writer discovered problems in the nation’s nuclear defense system and wound up with a ‘months-long cascade of revelations.’