Partnerships


The Medill Justice Project partners with media outlets, educational institutions and other organizations on its investigations and work related to its examinations of criminal justice issues. If you would like to partner with The Medill Justice Project, please email medilljusticeproject@northwestern.edu.


Media Partnerships

Quad-City Times

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In December 2013, a Medill Justice Project murder investigation was published as a two-part series on page one of the Quad-City Times. MJP uncovered information that challenged the key fingerprint evidence in the 2003 investigation. Chad Enderle, convicted of first-degree murder, was sentenced to life in prison in December 2003. Read “How a Davenport murder case turned on a fingerprint” here.

 Wisconsin State Journal

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Beginning in January 2014, The Medill Justice Project, in partnership with the Wisconsin State Journal newspaper, investigated the 2007 case of Jennifer Hancock, a Verona, Wis., day care provider. Hancock, 43, was convicted of first-degree reckless homicide after a 4-month-old boy fell unconscious while under her care and soon after died. The investigation was published as a two-part series in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 18th and 19th. Read “Key witness changes his view about 2007 infant-death case” here. Read “Experts offer multiple explanations for infant’s death” here.

5280

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In fall 2013, The Medill Justice Project partnered with 5280, a monthly magazine in Denver, in its investigation of a local shaken-baby syndrome case. Read “A Case Interpreted” here.

The Lens

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In spring 2014, The Medill Justice Project partnered with The Lens, a New Orleans-based investigative online media outlet, in its investigation of a local murder conviction. Read “Years after rapper was convicted for killing, questions raised about his case” here.

The Washington Post

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In spring 2014, The Medill Justice Project began a partnership with The Washington Post on a long-term investigative project. Read “Prosecutors build murder cases on disputed Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnosis” here. Read “Doctors who diagnosed Shaken Baby Syndrome now defend the accused” here.

In 2017, The Medill Justice Project worked with The Washington Post on another extensive reporting project. Read “The D.C. Housing Department forfeited millions as families waited for help” here.

Oklahoma Journalists for Justice

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In summer 2016, The Medill Justice Project partnered with Oklahoma Journalists for Justice on a story that examined three-strikes laws and the case of a Tulsa man convicted in a spate of purse snatchings and locked up for life. Read “Crime and Punishment” here.

Life of the Law

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In fall 2016, The Medill Justice Project co-published with Life of the Law a podcast that delves into a shaken-baby syndrome case of a teenage mother in Michigan. Listen to “Shaken” here.


Educational Partnerships

Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering

Graduate students from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering worked with Medill undergraduate journalism students to create The Medill Justice Project’s U.S. database of shaken-baby syndrome cases. In winter 2017, graduate students from the engineering school worked with MJP to help produce the recovered memory database and Less Than Life visualization and further analyze the U.S. shaken-baby syndrome database.

Medill’s News Graphics and Design class with Prof. Susan Mango Curtis

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In the winter 2014 News Graphic and Design class, Prof. Curtis’ graduate students worked to create an iPad application for The Medill Justice Project.

Medill’s International Journalism: South Africa class with Prof. Loren Ghiglione

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In the winter 2014 International Journalism: South Africa class, Prof. Ghiglione’s undergraduate students examined shaken-baby syndrome in South Africa with The Medill Justice Project’s assistance. To check out the shaken-baby syndrome cases in South Africa that were collected and verified, click here.

Louisiana State University

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In spring 2014, The Medill Justice Project partnered with Louisiana State University Prof. Jay Shelledy and three of his undergraduate students in its investigation of a local murder conviction.

Medill’s Documentary class with Prof. Brent Huffman

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In June 2014, three students from Prof. Huffman’s documentary class, including a former Medill Justice Project student, presented their documentary on Jennifer Del Prete’s early release from prison.

Chicago Field Studies

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In 2016, a student participating in the Chicago Field Studies program at Northwestern University worked as a summer intern at The Medill Justice Project.

Northwestern/ETHS Partnership Office

In November 2016 and September 2017, as part of the Medill Speaker Series, The Medill Justice Project spoke to journalism students at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois, about the work we do.

Office of the Provost at Northwestern University 

In November 2016, the Office of the Provost at Northwestern University awarded The Medill Justice Project a digital learning fellowship to develop a project impacting teaching, learning and innovation.

The George Washington University

In 2017, The Medill Justice Project, in collaboration with Washington Post investigative journalist Debbie Cenziper and the Medill D.C. office, worked on an investigation with George Washington University students that was published by the newspaper in May.


Other Partnerships

Center on Wrongful Convictions

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In October 2013, the Center on Wrongful Convictions and The Medill Justice Project presented a public screening of the true-crime documentary “Scenes of a Crime” and a Q&A with the filmmakers Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh who made a special appearance at the event. The documentary captures a nearly 10-hour interrogation of suspect Adrian Thomas and culminates in a disputed confession and an intense, high-profile child murder trial in New York state. To learn more about the documentary and view the trailer, click here.

The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art

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In June 2015, the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, a fine arts museum at Northwestern University, hosted an alumni event in partnership with The Medill Justice Project. The event featured a presentation from MJP and a viewing of the museum’s exhibition, The Last Supper: 600 Plates Illustrating Final Meals of U.S. Death Row Inmates by artist Julie Green.