Welcome to the Medill Equal Media Project!
We’re a group of students from Northwestern University, working with faculty advisers from the Medill School of Journalism. For the last several months, we’ve been reporting on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in the run-up to the presidential election. Across the country, from Virginia to California, student reporters have been exploring the effects of political campaigns—local, statewide and national—on the movement for equal rights. In small towns and big cities, there are big changes taking place at the intersection of politics and sexual orientation. These changes are often missed in a campaign that is turning largely on a debate about economic growth and the federal debt. Our project aims to fill in the gaps, giving voice to those less often heard in national politics, through dynamic, searching, responsible journalism.
We have been following up on stories that will be profoundly impacted by the November presidential election, as well as local and state elections taking place nationwide. A grant from a generous Medill alumnus has allowed us to send student reporters across the country, covering the LGBT political scene from as many sides as we can. In the coming weeks, we’ll continue to update this site with our stories, from detailed features to short news pieces to engaging infographics. We’ve learned a lot, and we’re eager to share it with you.