Academics

Program Overview

International cherubs offer different perspectives on media

Four cherubs travel from overseas for a taste of the American journalism experience.

15 journalistic skills in five weeks

From reporting on deadline to feature writing, cherubs experience the ins and outs of journalism.

The history of the Medill cherub program

A timeline showing how the institute has changed, from the first journalism cherubs in 1934 to the current class of 2014.

A variety of group sizes and dynamics

The classroom size varies in the cherub program, depending on the lesson being offered.

Where are this year’s cherubs from?

2014 cherubs came from 21 states and three other countries.

$60,300 in aid and scholarships helped cherubs

Scholarships and financial aid help cherubs earn their wings.

Where does the time go?

Cherubs fill up their schedules in a variety of ways.

Learning

Cherubs participate in (optional) clubs

Who needs free time when you can write, code and shoot?

John Kupetz: greatness personified

A look at why John Kupetz is such a beloved instructor at the Medill cherub program.

Cheers rang out when Director Roger Boye gave the cherubs AP Stylebooks. They were soon used in a style competition. Photo by Joe Grimm.

Cherubs get journalism goodies

Sometimes the takeaway from a lecture is literal.

Cherubs learn from experienced instructors

A diverse teaching team offers maximum exposure to perspectives and media careers.

Cherubs show their talents in broadcast labs

Students have varying reactions to the broadcast labs, but one thing is certain: they are in awe of working in a professional studio.

Workshops bring journalism to life

Workshops give cherubs a taste of different types of journalism. Here are some favorites.

Best study spots on and off campus

Where cherubs like to do their assignments.

International cherubs offer different perspectives on media

Four cherubs travel from overseas for a taste of the American journalism experience.

A day in the life of a community associate

Whether taking cherubs to the health center or orchestrating icebreakers, the CAs have your back.

15 journalistic skills in five weeks

From reporting on deadline to feature writing, cherubs experience the ins and outs of journalism.

The history of the Medill cherub program

A timeline showing how the institute has changed, from the first journalism cherubs in 1934 to the current class of 2014.

Pulitzer Prize winners visit cherubs

Patricia Callahan, John White, Rick Tulsky and Susan Mango Curtis say speaking to cherubs is a rewarding experience.

Raising their voices and telling their tales

Guest speakers Roxana Saberi, Alec Klein, Michael Hainey and Dick Stolley inform and inspire cherubs.

Where we’ll be in 20 years

2014 cherubs predict where their career paths will lead in 20 years.

Cherubs participate in (optional) clubs

Who needs free time when you can write, code and shoot?

Cherub hashtags — #BestThingIAte

Great dining experiences got cherubs all a-Twitter.

Delivery food 101

Know the right way to order food when sharing a dorm with others.

From left, Garrett Jochnau, Dan Fishbein, Aaron Kaplan, Sam Brief, Cutler Klein and Matt McHugh perform a song. Photo by Darby Hopper.

Million dollar cherub quartet

A serendipitous field trip leads to harmony in the CRC common room.

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A second chance to make a first impression

A cherub does a live shot of a live shot and conquers her fears.

Making the Facebook group

Cherubs get acquainted even before setting foot in Fisk.

John Kupetz: greatness personified

A look at why John Kupetz is such a beloved instructor at the Medill cherub program.

Spitlisted!

The do’s and don’ts, but mostly the don’ts, about getting on Spit List.
Cheers rang out when Director Roger Boye gave the cherubs AP Stylebooks. They were soon used in a style competition. Photo by Joe Grimm.

Cherubs get journalism goodies

Sometimes the takeaway from a lecture is literal.

Evanston events help make summer fun

Annual and weekly summer events give cherubs a chance to unwind.

Smart packing means at least three pairs of shoes. Photo by Medill cherubs.

Top packing issues: money and shoes

Two key areas to consider when you’re packing: your money and your shoes.

Cherubs got game

With the whole Sports Pavilion and Aquatics Center rented out, it was time to geek out on sports instead of journalism.

Kaitlyn Kaminski experiences the highs and lows of reporting. Photo courtesy Medill cherubs.

Stranger danger

Each interview helps prepare journalists for the next one. Challenges can be instructive.

Evanston restaurant roundup

For a change of scenery and a happy tummy, check out these Evanston eateries.

Lessons from an awkward interview

The awkward silence from the baseball player who had just been cut almost made the reporter hang up. Good thing he didn’t.

Time to unwind

The Lakefill, a piano and the beach: cool places to get away from studying

Anatomy of a cherub backpack

This interactive graphic shows how to pack for being a student, journalist or weekender.

Homes away from home

Five weeks of dorm living is long enough for it to be worthwhile to make your cube look homey.

Junior, Junior MasterChef

Dorm living can mean learning about dorm cooking.

Tidbits from home

Packages bring magazines, candy, photos and love from home.

Anne Snabes and Brandon Kim join other cherubs in lunch and a tour of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Cherubs tour Chicago’s newsrooms

Six media field trips let cherubs visit newsrooms and engage with professional journalists.

Budget calculator helps you plan your finances

It can be challenging to budget money for five weeks, and everyone has different needs. This will help you get started.

Please talk to me

When 84 cherubs hit the streets to interview, it helps to have some good places to try.

SAT books taught their lessons through closed covers

Plans to study for the SAT were derailed by the opportunity to learn larger lessons.

The first part of the hair dyeing process begins for me in the dorm sink. I can't help but laugh at the sheer ridiculousness of the situation. Photo by Julia Song.purple

Why my hair is purple: Couldn’t you just dye?

A new hair color brought out one student’s real personality.

Talking in clouds and codes

One student shares how she learned to use various tools to enhance her school newspaper’s website.

Cherubs learn from experienced instructors

A diverse teaching team offers maximum exposure to perspectives and media careers.

Cherub summer comes to life on Instagram

Capturing the Medill cherub program of 2014 one post at a time.

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New friends help combat homesickness

Away from home for the first time, a cherub discovers new friends make her homesickness disappear.

Headphones come in handy when transcribing interviews and listening to music while working.

Cherub packing list

Don’t leave home without what cherubs consider to be the essentials.

Opportunity knocks

Sometimes, all it takes is a knock to open a doorway to new friendships and confidence.

From breaking stories to breaking a sweat

Training for a fall sport while at cherubs takes commitment (and an alarm clock).

A variety of group sizes and dynamics

The classroom size varies in the cherub program, depending on the lesson being offered.

On the coffee grind

Caffeine can keep cherubs running so they don’t miss a minute of fun or lessons.

Where are this year’s cherubs from?

2014 cherubs came from 21 states and three other countries.

Allegra Peelor smiles as she reads the second-floor notes. She said some of them had inside jokes that made her laugh out loud.

Second-Floor Fairy spreads sweet sentiments

How one cherub’s thoughtful notes made all the girls on her floor, and a few others, feel special.

I’m so fancy: Cherubs show off their style

Interviews, photos and videos about the fashion sense that go into some cherub wardrobes.

Former cherub has a message that resonates

A mistaken impression, some inspiring lectures and encouraging words turn things around.

Cherubs see downtown Chicago by boat

Water-level views and voices of experience mean new perspectives.

Kelley Czajka prepares for her live shot with instructor Sarahmaria Gomez behind the camera. Photo by Shereen Al-Sawwaf.

When I fell on my face during my live shot

A writer tries a live shot for the first time — and lives to write about it.

No such thing as the single life

A cherub opens the door of her single room and finds welcome company waiting for her.

Medill cherubs teaser trailer

Get ready for the best five weeks of your life. Only in Evanston, Illinois. Summer 2015.

Make new lifelong friends, but keep the old

Cherubs that arrive with classmates preserve their friendships while forging new connections.

Economics 101

Cherubs learn to spend their money as wisely as their time.

July from a cherub’s point of view

A day-to-day look into the month of July from a cherub’s perspective.

The future is now

A former cherub shares her experience and gives a current cherub hope about the future of journalism.

$60,300 in aid and scholarships helped cherubs

Scholarships and financial aid help cherubs earn their wings.

Mike Wilbon fielded questions after his Q-and-A session and kept talking sports during lunch. Listening, from left, are Jimmy Lafakis, Garrett Jochnau, Chris Grismer and Aaron Kaplan. Photo by Remy Afong.

Cherubs pardon Mike Wilbon’s interruption

Medill alum and sports journalist Mike Wilbon returns to Medill cherubs.

Cherubs show their talents in broadcast labs

Students have varying reactions to the broadcast labs, but one thing is certain: they are in awe of working in a professional studio.

The cherub playlist

Grab your headphones and groove along with the official 2014 cherub playlist.

How I conquered my Fourth of July fears

Fireworks and a fantastic story cap off a cherub’s Fourth of July.

We air our dirty laundry

Cherubs come clean and demonstrate the finer points of washing and drying in CRC.

Workshops bring journalism to life

Workshops give cherubs a taste of different types of journalism. Here are some favorites.

Journalism ethics: Publish or don’t?

To publish or not to publish? Cherubs discuss journalistic ethics.

Finding adventure very close to home

A cherub examines the perks and pains of staying so close to home.

Best study spots on and off campus

Where cherubs like to do their assignments.

Cherubs from around the country and the world relax on the Lakefill. Photo by Ashley Roth.

Geography showcases diverse dialects

Hear how cherubs put an accent on regional speech in a podcast.

Sarah Bratton juggles her food options, as other cherubs do, late at night and early in the morning. Photo by Sabrina Tong.

Snacking after hours

Top 10 snacks that cherubs rely on late at night and early in the morning.

Where does the time go?

Cherubs fill up their schedules in a variety of ways.

The hidden gems of East Fairchild

Cherubs discover the ins and outs of CRC and make the place their own.

Cherub life … after hours

Sleep is the least likely of activities for cherubs after hours.

Trend story hell: Our struggle was real

All lessons lead to a challenging final assignment meant for publication.

The 360° campus tour

You drive the camera as you explore some of the places frequented by Medill cherubs.

A summer program for high school journalists

Cherubs is more than a journalism camp. From high schools around the world, we come to Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois, to immerse ourselves in media for five weeks. We study writing, reporting and editing for print, digital and broadcast, and we make friends we’ll have forever. As our teachers say, “Welcome to the best summer of your life.”