Medill's Protess On Subpoena: 'No Circumstances Under Which I Will Reveal My Students Grades'

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • The Daily Northwestern

In October, the Illinois state's attorney's office sparked controversy when it subpoenaed materials, documents and e-mails regarding the Anthony McKinney case from Medill Prof. David Protess and his Investigative Journalism class, an action which may "chill" efforts to work on future cases, Protess said. Media outlets, journalism professionals and ethics experts have debated how the students should be treated by the state of Illinois -- as students, journalists or both -- and how this can set a precedent for future cases. Protess spoke with The Daily about his class, which he has been teaching for almost 20 years, and the Medill Innocence Project, which has existed for about 10 years.

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