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News and Insights

Transforming thoughts of climate change

August 26th, 2015 by

How can a population cause so much destruction to the natural environment and cause extinction for many of its inhabitants and not see any repercussions? (Continue reading . . .)

Conflict drives the emergence of disease in refugee camps

August 26th, 2015 by

Conflict and poverty are key factors in the emergence of disease worldwide according to Dr. Peter Hotez, who is President Barack Obama’s appointed science envoy focused on global health and vaccine development. (Continue reading . . .)

DHS makes sure terrorists don’t get access to chemical facilities

August 26th, 2015 by

Chemicals are an important part of modern society but, in the wrong hands, they can be deadly weapons. The government has recognized this danger and taken on the act of trying to protect the American people by protecting the stocks of chemicals across the country. (Continue reading . . .)

Calls for violence increase as Egyptian government intensifies its crackdown on youth

August 26th, 2015 by

Egypt is creating a new generation of terrorists, a bomb that’s going to explode in the face of not only Egypt, but also the whole region. (Continue reading . . .)


USCENTCOM responds to joint letter from Medill NSJI, MRE, SPJ on Bales investigation transparency

View the response. (Continue reading . . .)

2015 McCormick National Security Journalism Scholarships awarded

Medill has named eight McCormick National Security Journalism Scholarship recipients to participate in an innovative 11-week reporting program in fall 2015, based out of Medill’s Washington news bureau. (Continue reading . . .)

Medill NSJI, MRE and SPJ send letter to Army Secretary

The joint letter sent to Army Secretary John McHugh on June 19 requests the immediate declassification of the investigation into Staff Sgt. Robert Bales’ horrific crimes in Afghanistan in March 2012. (Continue reading . . .)

#IRE15: Meyer re-elected to IRE Board of Directors, Executive Committee

Medill National Security Journalism Initiative Director of Education and Outreach Josh Meyer was reelected to the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Board of Directors and Executive Committee. (Continue reading . . .)

Meyer moderates UChicago Institute of Politics’ conflict reporting talk

Medill NSJI’s Director of Education & Outreach Josh Meyer lead a talk with NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics on May 27. (Continue reading . . .)

Webinars and Videos


Afghan-Americans to Pakistan: stop supporting terrorism

On August 14, almost 50 Afghan-Americans gathered outside the Pakistani embassy in Washington, D.C. to protest what they say is Pakistan’s ongoing support of terrorist organizations operating in Afghanistan. (Continue reading . . .)