Medill Journalism Residency program celebrates 50 years

Students gain real-world experience at professional media outlets


Though it’s been known over the years by different names, such as Teaching Newspaper and Teaching Media, one of Medill’s most distinctive and influential programs, now called “Journalism Residency,” is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022.

With the goal of giving undergraduate students hands-on experience in a professional environment to prepare them for jobs, Journalism Residency (JR) provides students with positions at all types of media outlets, including national daily newspapers, local television stations, online publications and communications agencies. More than 150 Medill students participate in Journalism Residency each year.

“Our go-getters seize the day, or actually, the 11 weeks,” said Medill Assistant Professor Karen Springen, who directed the JR program from September 2014 through June 2022. “They give their dream job a test drive — with mentorship from their Medill faculty adviser and from their on-the-job JR site supervisor. It’s usually an extremely positive, life-changing, experience. Most students give their JR’s an ‘excellent’ rating at the end.”

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