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Medill Partners With Crimes of War Project

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October 19, 2004

The Crimes of War Project — a collaboration of journalists, lawyers and scholars dedicated to raising public awareness about the laws of war and increasing understanding of international law among those reporting on war and war crimes — now is headquartered at Northwestern University’s Medill News Service in Washington, D.C.

The partnership combines the education and professional training strengths of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism with the training and research strengths of the Crimes of War Project, which was established in 1999.

“As an increasingly global school devoted to serious reporting on serious topics, the Medill School welcomes the opportunity to have its faculty and students rub shoulders with the leaders of the Crimes of War Project,” said Loren Ghiglione, dean of the Medill School.

For the second year, Medill’s Washington program is offering its graduate students a course in covering conflicts and terrorism. “The class has been hugely popular and gives our students a profound understanding of the military, the laws of war and the responsibilities of the media in covering conflicts or terrorism,” said Medill’s Ellen Shearer.

Pultizer Prize-winning journalist Roy Gutman co-teaches the course with Shearer, assistant dean of the Medill School and co-director of Medill News Service. Gutman is foreign editor of Newsday and board president of the Crimes of War Project.

The project has developed programs to help journalists better inform the public about acts of war which violate international law. It is made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which promotes excellence in journalism worldwide and invests in the vitality of 26 U.S. communities. Since 1954, it has given nearly $250 million in journalism grants.

Elisa Munoz, executive director of the Crimes of War Project, said the “partnership with Medill will provide an important foundation from which the project can further its activities, which today are perhaps more important than at any other time in history.”

The Medill News Service, the Washington program of Medill’s graduate school, also is home to Military Reporters and Editors (MRE), an association of 250 journalists covering the military, national security and terrorism, and the Mongerson Prize for Investigative Reporting on the News.

For more information, visit www.crimesofwar.org and www.medillnewsdc.com.