Program Overview

Cherubs by the numbers

Cherubs gathered statistics from the Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute class of 2015.

The history of the Medill cherub program

Learn about the program’s past, and see where some key alumni are now.

Breaking down the components of storytelling

Cherubs learn the different elements of writing, reporting and producing multimedia

The ABCs of cherubs

A balance of work and play spells out a good time over five weeks


Cherub fails become cherub wins

Students turned tough moments into rewarding ones

International students talk cherub life

Students came to the Medill cherubs program from Turkey, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Paraguay and Canada

A cherub guide to the movies

Every week, cherubs were treated to a movie night and discussions

Cherubs participate in Sunday clubs

Weekends mean time to work on new and nuanced skills in audio, video and blogging

Jesse Shuter scrolls through his Twitter as he reads the news.

Cherubs get posting on Twitter and Instagram

Workshops and lectures talk news reporting and gathering via social media

Speakers and authors visit cherubs

The written word and printed image come alive through special guests

Technology transforms summer journalism program

As technology has developed through the years, so have the cherubs.

Cherubs dive into sports journalism

Cherubs get a taste of sports journalism through speakers and workshops

Twenty cherubs receive financial aid and scholarships

$76,000 was distributed to attendees in 2015

Program tailors workshops to cherubs’ interests

Individual classes offer opportunity to explore new concepts

Are you smarter than a cherub?

Like all good journalists, cherubs have to keep up with both national and international news

Cherubs happy dance because #JournalismWins

Each reporter has a unique dance for reporting success

Cherubs adjust their moral compass in ethics lab

In-class discussions prepare cherubs for tough decision-making

Instructors keep coming back

Instructors explain what keeps them coming back

Reporting & Editing

Aliza Kajani interviews Michael Bass for her story in the hallways of Fisk. Photo by Catherine Kim.

Dealing with rejection

Cherubs learn not to take it personally when sources turn them down

The art of the edit

Cherubs learn that more ink is better when instructors critique their work

The challenge of broadcast

Cherubs write scripts, produce and go on-air in a series of broadcast labs

Helpful hints from instructors

Cherubs talk about what happens during individual conferences and show off the feedback they receive on stories