News, Insights & Analysis

‘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:

florida postal worker who landed gyrocopter on capitol lawn pleads not guilty

Doug Hughes speaks after his hearing at the U.S. District Court. (Nick Kariuki/MEDILL NSJI)

Doug Hughes, the Florida mail carrier who landed his gyrocopter on the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn last month, appeared in court on Thursday to plead not guilty to all six federal charges against him. Among the charges against Hughes are two felonies: operating an aircraft without a license and flying an unregistered aircraft. He faces up to nine and half years in prison.

Three breakthroughs in the new US-Japan defense guidelines

New Japanese defense guidelines set the stage for increased global military involvement.


Reporting From the Frontline with NBC’s Richard Engel and The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson


Join the University of Chicago Institute of Politics as NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson discuss the nature and challenges of conflict reporting. Medill NSJI Director of Education and Outreach Josh Meyer will moderate.

NSJI panel teaches journalists how to earn law enforcement’s trust

(Beth Werge/MEDILL NSJI)

The Evanston police chief, a police commander who routinely deals with the media and a former federal prosecutor spoke to about 30 students, faculty and staff members Thursday on what they believe works for and what works against journalists in pursuing news about crime and punishment.


The National War College  in Washington opened its doors to students from the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative 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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