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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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SEN. KELLY AYOTTE DEMANDS UPDATE ON THE WAR AGAINST MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT

U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel Allyn, U.S. Navy Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard, U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer and U.S. Marine Corps Assistant Commandant Gen. John Paxton gave descriptions of how their respective services were working to combat the problem of sexual assault in the military.

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medill undergrads dive into privacy

Students in Medill’s Washington newsroom wrote  a suite of stories tackling various aspects of privacy and civil liberties. Read them here.

ARMY TIMES publishes medill student’s story

National Security Journalism Specialization grad student Matthew Schehl’s story on the return of Task Force Iron Knights soldiers from their Ebola mission in Monrovia, Liberia was published this week.

 Read his story here

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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Announcements


TRAINING SESSION  TO TEACH JOURNALISTS HOW TO ENCRYPT, PROTECT 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 Medill’s Washington, D.C. newsroom. Journalists will learn how to equip themselves with the skills needed to protect their sensitive digital reporting information.

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PANEL: UNDERSTANDING THE ISLAMIC STATE

The Medill National Security Journalism Initiative will host “Understanding the Islamic State,” a lunch panel featuring National War College Professors of Strategy & Policy Dr. Omer Taspinar and Dr. Richard B. Andres, at the National Press Club on Monday, April 6 at 12:15 p.m. The event is aimed at increasing the media’s knowledge of the Islamic State terrorist group.

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THE MEDILL NATIONAL SECURITY JOURNALISM INITIATIVE GOES GLOBAL

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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.

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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.’