Medill changed my life. I arrived in Evanston as a young foreign journalist with an award from The Interamerican Press Assoc., a scholarship and many professional aspirations — all in a small bag. Later in life I applied in my professional careers much of what Medill —through Professors like Neil McNeil and others — taught us. As an addition to this I married my fellow NU student and life companion, while at Medill. All that, plus a lot of personal effort opened doors successfully as a newsman, a business executive and an international consultant. Thanks, Medill. Thanks, Northwestern U. Go Wildcats, go!
“My favorite memory is one of the earliest ones I had — in the summer program for starting MSJ students. It was in 1968 and Prof. Neil McNeil, who directed that semester, had each of the students cover a delegation at the Democratic National Convention, which was in Chicago that summer, for both Medill and small-newspaper clients. I had the good fortune to be assigned the California delegation, which was diverse and accessible. But the most indelible memory was that while doing this, I saw firsthand and almost became a victim of the “police riot” vs. demonstrators protesting in the Chicago streets against the Vietnam war. The whole episode left me convinced I had chosen the right profession.”
“Medill taught me the value of empathy, to approach a problem through analysis but to solution using synthesis, humility to understand that some problems are bigger than me and the strength and conviction to try and make a difference.
It’s a special experience and has shaped my perspective of the world. I’m extremely grateful and thankful for my time there.”
“My time at Medill was truly a Global experience and planted the seed for a career that always emphasizes the diversity of thought, ideas and connections.”
“When I entered Medill, I was a person who could code. When I came out of the program, I had a unique blend of technical, design, content and customer research skills that I could mix and match and apply to a variety of different roles. Every single job that I have had since leaving Medill, I have relied on the fundamental skills that I learned during the program.”
“Medill changed my life. The education was more than materials and case studies; it opened my eyes to what I was good at and set me up for success from that point on. I lead a marketing services agency and use the learnings from Medill every day. I’m proud to say I am an adjunct lecturer at Medill, teaching Digital Analytics. My hope is that I can inspire students like I was inspired years ago.”
“The connections you make in Medill IMC are unparalleled. The program is rigorous and that attracts the best and the brightest. Medill IMC is lifelong: lifelong network, lifelong education, lifelong friends.”
“I began my career as a TV reporter before moving on to eight years as a U.S. Congressman and now manage public policy for a law firm. Each step along the way Medill was crucial to my success. I learned one fundamental critical skill in then-spartan Fisk Hall: how to listen. Medill’s professors drilled it into me. Don’t make assumptions. Research carefully. Talk to all sides. Get the facts right. Only then can the storytelling begin. You know the old line. God gave you two ears and one mouth. In a shoot-from-the-hip era, listening is the rarest commodity of all. Thanks, Medill.”
“Medill IMC gave me the data skills and experience that would become the standard for marketing just a few short years later. I’ve been using that analytical foundation and approach ever since in my career with companies like Google, Facebook, Cisco and now in venture capital. I guess those long nights in the basement computer lab of Fisk Hall paid off.”
“The IMC program helped define me as a marketer and professional. The professors gave me the tools and runway to identify what sort of marketer I wanted to be, and the confidence I needed to thrive in the marketing world.”