Our Mission: The Medill Investigative Lab probes power brokers and programs that promise to provide a safety net to tens of millions of vulnerable Americans. Through real-time, on-the-ground reporting in Chicago and beyond, students learn to think, research and write like an investigative reporter, producing groundbreaking social justice stories from the ground up.
Our Team: Undergraduate and graduate students at Medill apply to take part in the lab and spend two terms – one in Evanston or Chicago and one in Washington, D.C. — working side-by-side with veteran journalists on an investigation of national importance. Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Debbie Cenziper, a contributing writer at The Washington Post and director of investigative reporting at Medill, oversees the lab. An advisory board made up of some of the nation’s top journalists provide guidance.
Our Classes: The lab complements a lineup of undergraduate and graduate classes at Medill that include Introduction to Investigative Reporting, Local Reporting, Multi-Media Storytelling, Magazine Reporting and Data Journalism. Medill’s classes are taught by top professors who are experts in their fields.