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North by Northwestern was founded in 2006 with the goal of experimentally bringing journalism to the Internet.

To achieve this mission over the last decade, we have...

We're pushing the boundaries of what's possible with journalistic storytelling. And we're still publishing.

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Our mission is to provide learning opportunities for student journalists to practice and pioneer their craft.

We achieve this mission through our publications.

  • The North by Northwestern magazine, printed three times a year in line with Northwestern University's academic quarters, is the carrier of the output of student writers, editors, and designers as they learn and challenge the frontiers of magazine journalism.
  • The North by Northwestern news website, updated daily throughout the year with campus news, lifestyle, entertainment, and sports stories, as well as photos and videos, all contributed by our student journalists under the guidance of student editorial staff, is the publication scaffold for learning and experimental storytelling techniques, including photo, video, audio, and interactive experiences.

When students choose to contribute to North by Northwestern, they're invited to join a community of people looking to learn more about running a newsroom and experimenting with storytelling techniques. 

We won an Online Pacemaker in 2016.

The Associated Collegiate Press awarded us an Online Pacemaker for great headline writing and integration of social media in 2016.

This means we get to say we're an award-winning student publication.

It's not the first time we've quietly (but proudly) walked away with a Pacemaker — we've also won in 2008 and 2012, and we were listed as finalists in for the magazine Pacemaker in 2014.

We've also won other awards, including...

Our award-winning independent student journalism is available for free. Making it isn't. So we need your help.

We rely on the donations of people like you to pay for expenses related to our publication, like printing the magazine. None of our staff – not even the Editor-in-Chief – receive any stipends for the countless hours of work put into this organization.

To keep our independence, we don't accept grants, donations, or contributions from the Northwestern University administration.

We do accept advertising by Northwestern departments and offices, and donations on an individual basis by faculty and staff members, and from university students.

North by Northwestern NFP is an Illinois Not For Profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status. Donations are tax-deductible. 

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