Cover of "Deadline" by Branden Hampton.

Branden Hampton (MSJ16)

Deadline is a story about a relentless black journalist that struggles through the world’s top journalism school in the midst of racism, politics and corruption in Chicago.

Rudee Brown is a film school reject from Atlanta and graduate journalism student at the fictitious Murphy College Cronkite School of Journalism in Chicago. More than anything in the world, Rudee wants to make his deceased father proud by becoming a journalist.

However, he struggles to balance his father’s wants with his own goals of becoming a successful filmmaker and musician all while struggling through the first quarter of graduate school in Chicago.