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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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a look at cuba before the opening

Medill specialization student Lei Xuan was on a trip to Cuba when President Obama announced a historic plan to begin normalizing relations with the Communist nation, which has been under a U.S. embargo for more than 50 years. Xuan offers a photographic snapshot of life in Cuba at the cusp of a new era.


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UPI, New York Post Twitters hacked with hoax about Chinese attack on USS George Washington

A special Storify report by Jennifer-Leigh Oprihory:

On Friday, Jan. 16, Twitter accounts belonging to United Press International and the New York Post published tweets claiming that the USS George Washington, a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, was attacked by a Chinese an anti-ship missile. The hackers, who also fabricated a quote from the Chinese government, concluded the torrent of attack-related tweets with a papal omen.

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How journalists can make it harder for hackers to steal their information

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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.

Contest period: Winner receives a $5,000 prize and a medal bearing the likeness of Joseph Medill. The award is shared for a team entry.

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

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)

Josh meyer writes in the sunday guardian about obama’s visit to india

Meyer_Josh_bwIn a piece for The Sunday Guardian titled “Allies in the long war on terror,” Meyer analyzes the U.S.-India counterterrorism relationship. The piece looks at ways to dismantle distrust between the two countries and the potential implications of the president’s recent visit to India on a wide array of defense cooperation fronts, including information sharing and cybersecurity.

Read the article at The Sunday Guardian

“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.

Covering the Military, Veterans and Homeland Security: Tomorrow’s Trends and Issues

The Medill National Security Journalism Initiative hosted journalists who cover the military, homeland security or defense matters in the National Security Journalism Conference.

The invitation-only conference included a briefing at the Pentagon as well as panel presentations with top military, administration and policy experts to broaden reporter’s expertise on national security and military issues while developing new sources and story ideas.



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.

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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.’