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Police, Race and Community, Journalism in Practice(301-0-27)


Peter D Slevin

Meeting Info

Online: Mon, Wed, 10:00AM - 12:20PM

Overview of class

This is a workshop designed to tell true stories about one of the most complex and emotional challenges any diverse community faces. We will explore perspectives about policing in Evanston and Chicago in the era of Black Lives Matter, building our expertise through rigorous reporting and thoughtful interviews with players on all sides of this enduring debate. The historical record is central to the equation, as is politics, especially with Evanston holding City Council elections during the second week of class and Northwestern debating the role of campus police. Taught by a contributing writer for The New Yorker, this workshop that will start with questions, not answers. Be prepared to examine broad social stereotypes as well as your own assumptions. We will pay particular attention to interviewing techniques and the voices that inform and illuminate ambitious journalism.

Registration Requirements

JOUR 201-1, 201-2, sophomore standing.

Class Materials (Required)


Class Attributes

Attendance at 1st class mandatory
Prerequisites apply, see description
Synchronous:Class meets remotely at scheduled time
No Freshmen

Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment Requirements: Reserved for Medill Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors