The New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University offers training programs focusing on the next generation of investigative reporters: summer workshops for high school students, Boston University courses and internships for college students, exchange programs for international students, and weekend bootcamps for early and mid-career journalists.
For High School Students
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Boston University Summer Journalism Institute provides students ages 14 to 18 the opportunity to expand their journalism skills, experience college life and explore Boston.
Each instructor is also a working journalist, so what’s taught is grounded in real-life experience. Each lesson is tied to its practical application, by giving students reporting assignments on campus and in the city. Each day is an opportunity to taste what’s it like to work in the news field, live on a campus, and make new friends from all over the country.
For College Students
The Investigative Internship at NECIR seeks reporters at the beginning of their career for the summer, fall and winter semesters.
Interns receive hands-on experience working alongside NECIR staff reporters for possible distribution through our media partners including The Boston Globe, WGBH and other New England outlets.
Beginning in January, NECIR also leads the Investigative Reporting Clinic, a course offered for Boston University undergraduate and graduate students through the College of Communication.
Teaching Investigative Reporting is a six-week online course providing high school journalism teachers and advisers tools to equip their students with investigative-level skills they can apply to their school newspaper or news site.
Topics include: developing avenues of investigation, getting reluctant sources to talk, submitting a Freedom of Information Act request, mining public databases for information, and avoiding legal and ethical pitfalls.