MEDILL NATIONAL SECURITY SPECIALIZATION STUDENTS TREATED TO PRIVATE SCREENING OF ‘FORT BLISS’
Check out our exclusive video for insights from the film’s director, Claudia Myers, and to get students’ reactions to the film.
MEDILL NATIONAL SECURITY JOURNALISM INITIATIVE’s JOSH MEYER SERVES AS PULITZER PUBLIC SERVICE JUROR
→ Read about this year’s Public Service Gold Medallion winning story
→ Read the original prize announcement
THE MEDILL NATIONAL SECURITY JOURNALISM INITIATIVE GOES GLOBAL
The Medill NSJI has been elected to membership in the Global Investigative Journalism Network, an international association of nonprofit organizations that support, promote, and produce accountability and watchdog reporting. → Click here to read the press release
understanding the islamic state: natioNAL WAR COLLEGE PROFESSORS BREAK DOWN ITS ROOTS AND RISE
The expert analysis broke down into 2 parts: the link between radicalization and the Islamic State’s rise to power, and social media’s role in radicalization.
→ Read about the event here
cracking the code: workshop gives journalists a crash course in encryption
The minds behind TestBed, Inc., an IT consulting firm specializing in IT planning, analytics, testing, prototyping and business advice for the public & private sectors, gave reporters a crash course in digital safety & encryption techniques.
→ Read about the event here
→ Get a student’s take on the event here
First Time on the Front Line: A Rookie’s Guide to Reporting in Ukraine
PHOTOS + TEXT BY JAMES SPRANKLE FOR THE MEDILL NSJI
KYIV, UKRAINE — For the last three months, I have been living in Ukraine and covering the war in Donbass as a photojournalist.
In 2014, after seven years in cable news in Washington, I decided to leave D.C. and start documenting the stories that I was interested in. So, I flew to Juba, South Sudan, with a writer buddy and spent the next two months working around the country. I was hooked.
Upon my return to the states, I got to work on planning a trip to Ukraine. I bought a new professional camera and body armor, and spent hours talking to friends and editors about how I was going to take this next step. I arrived in Kyiv on December 10. So far, my time in Ukraine has taught me a tremendous amount about … well, all sorts of things. It’s fair to say that I am a beginner in the conflict zone, but even though I’m new to this line of work, I think I’ve learned a few things that could prove valuable to others considering their first trip to a war zone.
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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.