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News and Insights

White House calls on Congress after Virginia TV shooting

September 3rd, 2015 by

In the wake of a fatal shooting during a live television broadcast in Virginia, the White House called on Congress Wednesday to pass tougher laws combatting gun violence. (Continue reading . . .)

Experts say retaliation over OPM cyber attacks may be misguided

September 3rd, 2015 by

WASHINGTON — With cyber attacks grabbing the public’s attention, calls for retaliation, especially against suspected state-sponsored intrusions, have escalated. Critics argue that a passive approach by the U.S. government only emboldens perpetrators. Draw a red line, they urge; the massive Office of Personnel Management breach, in particular, warranted a decisive response by the government. But on the other side, some experts warn that retaliation, in any form, would be shortsighted, simplistic, and unrealistic, potentially undermining … (Continue reading . . .)

Why Mosul matters

September 1st, 2015 by

The Islamic State’s takeover of Mosul doesn’t mean just a physical dominance over the land and psychological problems for the city’s citizens. An estimated 60,000 Christians fled when the group took over, and those who stayed are under constant intimidation with things like ISIS shutting down schools and destroying rival Shia mosques. (Continue reading . . .)

War On Drugs, America’s Public Enemy No. 1

September 1st, 2015 by

I was sitting in a cab with my classmate as the driver drove down the streets of Austin, a neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago, which has the highest number of homicide cases in the city. (Continue reading . . .)


2015 MRE Conference is Oct. 9

Speakers will include retired Gen. John Allen, special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL; Rep. Adam Smith, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee; Rep. Rob Wittman, chairman of the HASC readiness subcommittee; a panel with Gulf-area ambassadors discussing anti-ISIS operations; and a panel with top military public affairs officers. (Continue reading . . .)

Winners of the 2015 MRE Journalism Contest announced

Congratulations to all those who submitted their work to the MRE Journalism Contest. Find out who the winners are and see the judges’ comments.
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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 . . .)

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 . . .)