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A blog for pre-college journalists and their teachers from the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University.

Background research for your in-depth story

by Leah Samuel Typically, news stories should answer questions that start with who, what, where, when, why and how. Many of those answers will come...

Why does journalism matter – especially for high school students

Journalism is a simple matter of asking "why?" If you are ready to accept what you are told by parents, teachers, administrators, school board members,...

Interviewing adults

by Leah Samuel Good journalists look beyond the people and places closest to them to discover more stories to tell. Your school community is bigger...

Covering tragedy and trauma

by Leah Samuel Awful things happen. You already know this. Mass shootings, wildfires, floods and other terrible events are happening in many places, affecting everyone,...

Spotting fake news

Do you know how to spot fake news? In an effort to answer this question, Cait Levin, the director of research and media at Beaver Country Day...

Conference: NECIR editor to lead workshop at The Next Edition

Paul Singer, investigations editor for the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and WGBH, will join other local journalists presenting at The Next Edition,...

Summer Institute instructor profiles Impractical Jokers in Globe

Reporter Juliet Pennington, an instructor for Boston University's Summer Journalism Institute, offers an insight to the popular program "Impractical Jokers" in her latest profile...

Summer Institute instructor warns of ‘outbreak culture’

An instructor for the Boston University Summer Journalism Institute argued in the pages of Boston Globe and the website STAT that "outbreak culture" can derail...
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Registration open for 2019 Summer Journalism Institute

High school students interested in journalism, communications or writing may now register to attend the Boston University Summer Journalism Institute. Students ages 14 to 18...
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Video: How to follow the document trail

Jenifer McKim, senior reporter with the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University, offers four tips for reporting a story through public...

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