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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

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

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“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)

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“‘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

Abbie VanSickle head shot.
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.”

Katie Park head shot.
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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