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Jack Doppelt is a Medill journalism professor at Northwestern University, principal investigator on a project on social justice reporting (Social Justice News Nexus), publisher of Immigrant Connect (an online storytelling network for immigrants, their families and communities in and around Chicago) and RefugeeLives (depicting the daily lives of refugees and establishing connections between resettled refugees and those abroad), and a faculty associate at Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research. During 2015, he’s serving as a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern and as an Open Society Fellow, working with Al-Quds University in the West Bank to develop a journalism program. He has served as both Acting Dean and Associate Dean, and as director of the Medill global journalism program for 11 years from its inception in 1996 until 2007. He teaches during winter quarters at NU-Q in Doha, Qatar and in 2006-07, he served as visiting professor at Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in France. Doppelt is co-author of Nonvoters: America’s No Shows, about why people don’t vote, and of The Journalism of Outrage: Investigative Reporting and Agenda Building in America, a book on investigative reporting and its influence on public policy. He is working on a project on refugees who return home to homes they’ve never known.

Package of Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline stories

 Standing Rock

These stories on Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline have been supported in part by SJNN and the McCormick Foundation. They have been co-published by SJNN.

One of the security personnel, who is in charge of checking people who leave and enter the Oceti Sakowin Camp, stands beside a flag that was painted with the battle cry of Standing Rock: "Water is life.” (Photo by Pat Nabong/MEDILL)
One of the security personnel, who is in charge of checking people who leave and enter the Oceti Sakowin Camp, stands beside a flag that was painted with the battle cry of Standing Rock: “Water is life.” (Photo by Pat Nabong/MEDILL)

When Cloee Cooper, June Leffler and Pat Nabong proposed in late Sept. 2016 to go from Chicago to North Dakota to report on the ongoing movement by Native American tribes to prevent the Dakota Access Pipeline from being completed near the Standing Rock reservation, some news organizations had covered the story, a few were invested in continuing to report, but it was still an under-reported, off the beaten track story, with friction developing between protesters and law enforcement authorities and between protesters and journalists.

Cooper, Leffler and Nabong anticipated a number of scenarios that might arise that would be worth elaboration. They needed to be there, develop trusted sources and return to Chicago to continue reporting on the story. They could not have predicted that the DAPL controversy, involving a pipeline that was already 90 percent completed, would result in the halting of the pipeline; the characterization of the movement as a potential model for cross-cultural protest; the election of Donald Trump, a vocal supporter of oil pipelines, and the re-invigoration of the controversy as a focal point for what the new administration will do.

They stayed with the story and put out a package of stories that captured nuances that inject the story with iconic and historical resonance – about the import of political, law enforcement and labor alliances, the modest influence of Native Americans in electoral politics; the presence of tribal rivalries; the dignity of the Native American cause; and the role of climate conditions. In the package of stories, Cooper, Leffler and Nabong have teed up a challenge for journalism: How will journalism cover Native American affairs and its convergence with other agendas; environmental, political and intersectional?

NoDAPL supporters chant ‘Mni wiconi’ and it’s not just about water, By Pat Nabong and June Leffler, Dec. 7, 2016

Illinois’ pipeline construction proceeds with reservations but no rancor, By Cloee Cooper, Nov. 29, 2016

Trump’s ascendancy intensifies #NoDAPL movement, By Pat Nabong, Nov. 23, 2016

Native Americans seek visibility in their vote, By Pat Nabong, Nov. 8, 2016

Native Americans put aside differences at Standing Rock to fight pipeline construction, By Cloee Cooper, Oct. 28, 2016

Bitter consequences: Pipeline protesters batten down the hatches for North Dakota winter, By Pat Nabong and June Leffler, Oct. 19, 2016

All-points call for more deputies to police Standing Rock protest draws critics,  By June Leffler and Cloee Cooper, Oct. 19, 2016

Can Columbus Day and Indigenous People’s Day co-exist? By June Leffler, Oct. 6, 2016

Siding with Standing Rock at the Naperville Powwow, By June Leffler, Sept. 29, 2016

North Korean’s divine revelation brings him to Chicago

By Jenny Lee

On the northernmost headland of the world’s most reclusive country, North Korea, there stood young Jon Nam Kim’s home, overlooking a beautiful landscape of cliffs rising sheer from the East Sea and mountains brimming with larches, pines and pear trees.

Now thousands of miles away, his old stomping ground has become a place Kim prays for everyday and wistfully wishes to return at least once in his lifetime.

“It really was a wonderful place to live,” said Kim, who is among the 20 or so North Korean refugees resettled in a greater Chicago area that is also home to more than 63,000 South Koreans. “Not everything in my country is bad. Just the policies are.”
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