Service in Washington, D.C.
As a reporter for Medill News Service, Capitol Hill is your office.
Witness House and Senate proceedings, meet with congressmen and
senators in their offices and allow the helpful librarians at
the Senate Library to assist you as you research the important
events or issues that -- until you file your story -- you are
one of the few to know.
You are surrounded by the bustle of journalists at work. Laptop
computers, ringing telephones and Senate Press Gallery staff add
to the constant hum of events around you distilled into the news
about to appear on television and radio, newsprint and websites
around the world.
As you ascend the marble staircases, the halls of power echo your
footfalls. You glide past velveteen ropes holding back tourists
as a uniformed guard glances at your credentials and waves you
past the metal detector into one of the press galleries.
During the 11-week quarter, every Medill News Service journalist
becomes a Washington correspondent for a local news outlet. They
cover breaking news as-well-as in-depth, enterprise stories on
politics, civil rights, energy, technology or education. Medill
journalists attend congressional proceedings, press conferences,
conventions and congressional hearings and connect those stories
to the communities they cover -- not an insider audience.
Newspaper and Web site reporters use digital cameras and laptop
computers in their newsgathering efforts. Broadcast reporters
shoot on DVC Pro video cameras and have access to both digital
and analog linear and nonlinear editing equipment.
The Medill News Service serves 18 newspapers, five Web sites,
nine television stations and eight radio stations, which all pay
a quarterly fee to help cover production and communications costs.
Print correspondents transmit stories electronically every day.
Television stories are sent by network feed or satellite, or shipped
overnight, as each station requires.
Each quarter, Medill reporters receive training in computer-assisted
reporting from faculty as-well-as investigative reporters and
use those skills to produce in-depth news packages for their clients.
During weekly seminars, experts newsmakers and professional journalists
meet with reporters, sharing insights only seasoned pros learn
working in Washington.
Reporters produce "Medill Journal," a laboratory television news
program with Medill reporters appearing on camera and also working
behind the scenes.
Medill has also secured grants to produce special long-term investigative
projects such as the "Y-Vote" series.
And Medill reporters also show their new media skills by producing
this Web site!