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Medill announces new leadership for programs in Washington, adds new lecturer

The Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications announced today new leaders for its programs in Washington, D.C., as well as a new faculty member to work with Chicago high school teachers and students.

Elizabeth Shogren will join Medill this spring as an associate professor and will lead the graduate journalism Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs specialization in Washington, D.C. Shogren was a senior reporter and producer for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting with her primary focus on climate change. Before that, she was an on-air environment correspondent for NPR’s national and science desks. Early in her career, she covered the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, as a freelance reporter, before joining the Los Angeles Times’ Moscow bureau. She also covered the White House, Congress, poverty and the environment as a Washington correspondent for the LA Times and was the Washington Correspondent for High Country News.

Recognition for her work has included a nomination for a Peabody Award for “Silencing Science,” her hour-long Reveal episode about censorship of climate change science at the National Park Service. While at NPR, she was a lead reporter for Poisoned Places, a data-driven series about the toxic air pollution that plagues some communities because of the government’s failure to implement a decades-old federal law. The series received several honors, including a Science in Society award from the National Association of Science Writers.

Ivan Meyers been promoted to senior lecturer and will serve as director of operations at Medill D.C. Meyers helped launch Medill’s new campus in Washington and will support programs for both undergraduate and graduate journalism students.

Michael Spikes will join Medill as a lecturer and curriculum specialist for the Teach for Chicago Journalism Program. This program engages teachers and students in Chicago Public Schools. He also will teach at Medill. Spikes is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Learning Sciences at Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy, where his focus is on news media literacy education. Prior to his time at Northwestern, he served as the Director of Illinois Civic News Literacy Educator Training & Digital Resources at the Center for News Literacy, and has also taught Mass Media Studies & Production in Washington D.C. area high schools.

“Medill has a rich tradition of giving our students an unparalleled experience in Washington, gaining significant reporting skills and Elizabeth and Ivan will ensure that mission continues,” said Medill Dean Charles Whitaker. “And we’re delighted Mike will help us engage with our community on one of our newest programs, highlighting the concept of media literacy which is a critical element of a healthy democracy.”

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Gayle Kerr honored with Inaugural Don Schultz Award for Innovation in Teaching, Theory and Practice of Integrated Marketing Communication

A committee of Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communication faculty and industry experts have selected Gayle Kerr as the inaugural recipient of the Don Schultz Award for Innovation in Teaching, Theory and Practice of Integrated Marketing Communication.

Kerr is a professor at the School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations at Queensland University of Technology. This international award recognizes university faculty and marketing professionals who have demonstrated excellence in teaching the principles of integrated marketing communications (IMC) and bridging the gap between the academic and commercial arenas. Kerr will receive a cash prize of $5,000.

“We considered several candidates who have made great contributions as scholars, as practitioners, or as educators,” said Medill Assistant Professor Judy Franks, who sat on the selection committee. “Like Don himself, Gayle Kerr embodies all three qualities. We celebrate her body of scholarship, her collaboration on important work in both the academy and industry and her tireless efforts to inspire the next generation.”

The award is named for long-time Medill Professor Don Schultz. Schultz played a pivotal role in creating the field of Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) and establishing the IMC department at Medill in the early 1990s. Medill was the first school to offer a graduate degree in Integrated Marketing Communications in the United States. Schultz is regarded internationally as the “father of IMC.” He died in 2020.

“Don loved teaching more than any other aspect of academic life,” said Heidi Schultz, Don’s wife. “He wanted this award to celebrate those who make a classroom come alive, ignite passion in their students, and challenge them to think beyond the accepted theories and practices of the moment. Gayle Kerr carries on Don’s legacy with her dynamic, innovative, and forward-looking teaching approach and well deserves to be the first recipient of the Schultz award.”

As a teacher, Kerr has introduced many innovations including the first postgraduate Advertising and IMC courses in Australia and the first advertising digital units at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In 2017, Gayle was awarded Australia’s highest university teaching Award, the AAUT Teaching Excellence Award. She is also the only non-US teacher to win the prestigious American Academy of Advertising Billy I. Ross Award for Education.

“Don has always been a part of my academic life,” said Kerr. “From examining my Ph.D. thesis to working on research together, to presenting at conferences, to inspiring my students. I learned so much from Don and tried my best because of him. Winning an award from such a prestigious institution as Northwestern Medill is an honor in itself. Winning an award in the name of someone who set the trajectory of my career feels like Don’s final endorsement.”

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Prof. Joe Matthewson Publishes Fifth Book “Ethical Journalism: Adopting the Ethics of Care”

Joe Matthewson published his fifth book, “Ethical Journalism: Adopting the Ethics of Care,” published by Routledge (August 31, 2021)

In the book, Matthewson argues that that our democracy’s continuing pernicious shortcomings of racial inequity, economic disparity and climate change are simply unacceptable and must be more actively addressed by journalism, to mobilize public opinion to in turn persuade government and business leaders and other thought leaders to take effective action to ameliorate these shortcomings and eventually overcome them.

The template for this new initiative would be a distinctly American philosophy called the Ethics of Care, first formulated by feminist academic philosophers in the 1980s; it holds that emotions, not reason, actually govern human relationships (first postulated by Scottish Enlightenment philosopher David Hume) and expects all people to actively assist family, friends, neighbors and perhaps a broader population when they’re in need. Empathy v. reason. These writers emphatically (and very persuasively) reject the thinking of the rational moral philosophers such as Immanuel Kant and his categorical imperative.

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Prof. Joe Matthewson

“When I encountered the philosophy of ethics of care, I was taken by the very humane approach to people’s relationships with each other, based on emotion rather than reasoning,” Matthewson said. “This philosophy, first articulated by feminist philosophers in the 1980s, postulates—quite correctly, in my view—that we human beings reach out to help family, friends and neighbors in need because of our feelings for them, not because we stop and apply the reason-based moral phi

losophy of what’s right and what can be universally applied to others in the same situation.”

Further, he added, “At the same time, when I ask my students what their aspirations are (as I always do in a little personal information questionnaire), many if not most of them reply that they want to make a difference, change the world, tackle problems like race discrimination. Don’t most practicing journalists today feel the same? They’re not in it for the money; they want to make an impact, and they’re in a position to do so. Even in the face of dishonest, corrupting “news” and social media, our public discourse is still driven by ethical journalism. No big societal problem like racial inequity, economic disparity or climate change can be successfully addressed without truthful, fact-based public information. So I sat down to write.”

Mathewson is a former Supreme Court correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and a practicing lawyer in Chicago. Mathewson also covered business for The Journal, was a reporter for WBBM-TV in Chicago, press secretary to Illinois Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie. He was a Cook County commissioner and a director of several community banks, was an officer of a minority-owned broker-dealer, and was a securities arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers. He also served ten years as a trustee of Dartmouth College.

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Student work from spring course Reading and Reporting LGBTQ Health

Students in the spring 2021 Reading and Reporting LGBTQ Health course with Associate Prof. Stephen William Thrasher wrote and produced impressive stories developed in partnership with the Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) and its faculty.

Jude Cramer (BSJ23) got their final project professionally published by Into magazine. 

“Trans Artists Are The Past, Present and Future of Drag” by Jude Cramer, published by Into magazine

Photo from Cramer’s article courtesy of Die Anna. 

More Student Work

Interactive

“Queer in Quarantine. Capturing Northwestern students’ thoughts on sexuality and gender after a year in isolation” by Maia Spoto

Print + images (links to PDFs)

“Help! The White Heteropatriarchy Took My Penis! How Queer Asian Only Fans Creators Deal With Stigma” by Alex Chun

“alice sparkly kat want s us to make astrology our own again: if western astrology is connected to oppressive structures just like other western spiritual traditions, how do we practice it ethically?” by Susanna Kemp

Audio Podcasts

“Cishet Girlworld” by Molly Lubbers (23 minutes)

“Queer Representation” [and finding it in the Peanuts and Glee]  by Margo Milanowski (12 minutes)

Print only (links to PDFs) 

“‘Only the first step:’ Chicago-area LGBTQ coalition gets SOGI data bill to Governor’s desk” by James Pollard

“Queer Curation and Queer Regional Imaginary in Queer South-Asian Literary Collectionsby Saira Singh

(Note: this is an academic paper, not a story, and includes an example of how the students were asked to read a partner’s work and an example of how they were asked to reflect on a text from the course in their work. Here, Saira reflects on a text from Imagining Queer Methods.)

Special thanks to Huffington Post editor Noah Michaelson, ISGMH Associate Director Jagadīśa-devaśrī Dācus , and ISGM professor Kathryn Macapagal for being guest critics in helping the students develop their projects.

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Medill Alums Win 2021 Pulitzer Prizes, Individual and Teams

Michael Paul Williams (MSJ81), a veteran journalist and longtime columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, has won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Commentary.

The Pulitzer board honored Williams for his “penetrating and historically insightful columns that led Richmond, a former capital of the Confederacy, through the painful and complicated process of dismantling the city’s monuments to white supremacy.”

Williams has been at the Richmond Times-Dispatch for nearly 39 years and has been a columnist for the paper since 1992.

Read more: https://www.pulitzer.org/winners/michael-paul-williams-richmond-va-times-dispatch

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Abbie VanSickle

Three Medill graduates, Abbie VanSickle (BSJ04) and Katie Park (BSJ12) from the Marshall Project and Dana Brozost-Kelleher (MSJ19) from the Invisible Institute, Chicago, were on the winning teams for National Reporting, along with the staff of AL.com, Birmingham and the IndyStar, Indianapolis. The National Reporting Pulitzer was awarded for a year-long series: “Mauled: When Police Dogs Are Weapons.” The investigation focused on K-9 units and the damage that police dogs inflict on Americans, including innocent citizens and police officers, prompted numerous statewide reforms.

“I’m so grateful to everyone who shared their experiences with us,” VanSickle said. “This work wouldn’t be possible without our sources. I’m so fortunate to be part of such a great collaboration across newsrooms. It gives me a lot of hope in the future of our profession.”

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Katie Park

“The injuries and terror faced by victims of police dog attacks are truly horrifying — it was crucial to us to convey the seriousness of these attacks while being sensitive to the trauma people have undergone,” Park said. “I’m so proud to work at an organization that not only prioritizes in-depth reporting but also recognizes the immense value of visual and data-driven storytelling. It’s an honor to work alongside such talented and thoughtful journalists.”

Read more about the series. https://www.themarshallproject.org/2021/06/11/the-marshall-project-wins-the-pulitzer-prize

https://www.pulitzer.org/winners/staffs-marshall-project-alcom-birmingham-indystar-indianapolis-and-invisible-institute

Finally, numerous Medill MSJ 2020 alumni were on the winning team for Public Service at the New York Times (Maura Turcotte, Alison Saldanha, Sarah Cahalan and Brandon Dupre, Matt Craig, Alison Saldanha, Brandon Dupré, Sarah Cahalan and Maura Turcotte continue to work with us on the data project. Maddie Burakoff, Jake Holland, Alex Schwartz, Andrea Michelson and Samone Blair, Mitch Smith).

The public service Pulitzer was awarded for courageous, prescient and sweeping coverage of the coronavirus pandemic that exposed racial and economic inequities, government failures in the U.S. and beyond, and filled a data vacuum that helped local governments, healthcare providers, businesses and individuals to be better prepared and protected.

Read more: https://www.pulitzer.org/winners/new-york-times-6

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New faculty members and fellow join Medill

“I am proud and excited to welcome these new members into our Medill community,” said Medill Dean Charles Whitaker. “Our faculty are the foundation of what makes Medill the leading school of its kind in the world from journalism to integrated marketing communications. I look forward to the valuable contributions that these colleagues will make in the classroom and in their respective areas of expertise.”

New faculty members include:

Danielle Robinson Bell (BSJ99) joins Medill as an assistant professor in IMC. Bell’s area of expertise is strategic communications. Her career has included senior management roles at several of the world’s most respected advertising agencies. In those roles, she worked alongside billion-dollar brands like Tide, Gillette, Visa, and Verizon Wireless to create integrated marketing campaigns for various consumer segments across general market, multicultural and millennial audiences. In 2015, Bell launched Pen and Voice, Inc., a writing and messaging practice for businesses, brands, and executives. In addition to earning a BSJ from Medill, she also holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg.

Kalyani Chadha joins Medill from the University of Maryland as an associate professor in journalism. Kalyani’s research focuses on issues of media globalization and the implications of new media technologies with a particular emphasis on the journalism landscape in India. Her work has appeared in leading journals such as Media, Culture and Society, the Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media, and Global Media and Communication and Convergence. She has also presented at major media and journalism-related conferences, including AEJMC, IAMCR, ICA and NCA.

Jeremy Gilbert (BSJ00, MSJ00) returns to Medill as the new Knight Chair for Digital Media Strategy. Gilbert previously served as a member of the Medill faculty from 2008 to 2013. Since 2014, he has served as director of strategic initiatives at The Washington Post where he directed a lab dedicated to experimental storytelling aimed at creating unique digital products and stories. These have included The Post’s first artificial intelligence storytelling system and first augmented and virtual reality projects.

Ivan J. Meyers joins the Medill faculty as a lecturer. He has overseen television studio operations at Medill in Washington, D.C. since 2002. In addition to video journalism classes at Medill, he has also taught video courses geared for journalists at other institutions, including the National Press Club, the American Red Cross and Georgetown University. Meyers is the founder of Out of the Cave Production and Technology Company, comprising a wide range of multimedia and technological offerings. Early in his career, Meyers worked as a production specialist in the eBusiness and digitization department at NBC News in New York where he ushered in a new era of video editing on desktop computers, and laid the ground work to transition the network’s video workflow to a tapeless environment.

Sherrell Dorsey also joins Medill this year as the inaugural Medill-Garage Fellow. Dorsey is founder and editor-in-chief of The Plug, a subscription-based digital news and insights platform covering the Black innovation economy as well as investigating and reporting on Black tech trends, stories and breaking news. The one-year fellowship supports entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups—with an emphasis on women and people of color—who are working on innovation in the media industry.

Photo from left to right top to bottom: Bell, Chadha, Gilbert, Meyers and Dorsey. 

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