Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism is now an official partner of IAFOR and the IAFOR MediAsia and FilmAsia Conferences, the organizing body behind the IAFOR Documentary Film Award.

For nearly a century the Medill School of Journalism has been one of the finest journalism schools in the United States and has produced many Pulitzer Prize laureates and notable journalists.

Medill continues to expand its global reach and presence in the field of journalism as the boundaries separating people from one another and from information they want and need will only continue to evaporate. The faculty, staff and students of Medill are constantly at work, visiting news organizations, NGOs and corporations across Europe, Asia, Africa, and South and Central America, striving to understand people, their behaviors and their motivations. This is the foundation for discovering insights that fuel relevant and engaging connections and inspire action between people, brands and enterprises.

Dr. Joseph Haldane, President of IAFOR, said, “Northwestern University is a very highly considered university in the United States, and the Medill School of Journalism is a wonderful institution, which we have worked with informally for a couple of years. It is frequently ranked the most prestigious school of Journalism in the U.S., and we are very proud of the recognition their support brings to IAFOR’s Media programmes, and are excited to be working together on new projects. We look forward to welcoming the school’s dean, Professor Bradley Hamm, back to our Japan Conference this year, as well as to leading Medill documentary filmmaker, Brent Huffman.”

Medill’s core values support in every way the values held by the IAFOR Documentary Film Award and we are truly honored to have their support at this year’s Award and Festival.

Posted by Shawn Mahler

Los Angeles native Shawn Mahler has a wealth of experience working on film, video, and theater productions in the United States and Japan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film Theory and Production from the University of California, Irvine. Shawn has spent over ten years in Japan where he has worked with numerous industry professionals to develop television shows, movies, and theatrical productions.