Teaching Investigative Reporting

A live, online course just for high school teachers of journalism.

High school students in this politically charged time know that their stories can make a difference. But they are not always equipped with the tools and knowledge to purse the kinds of in-depth stories that achieve change in laws, policy or behavior.


DATES: Oct. 16 to Nov. 20, 2018
FOR: High school teachers and journalism advisers
TUITION + FEES: $499
CONTACT: Burt Glass, 617-531-1685 or bglass@bu.edu


This six-week online course designed by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting provides 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 promising avenues of investigation.
  • Getting reluctant sources to talk with you.
  • Submitting a Freedom of Information Act request.
  • Mining public databases for information.
  • Avoiding legal and ethical pitfalls.

Each week, participants will convene via ZOOM, the popular webinar tool, to review readings from the textbook and apply the lessons to activities and stories for their students. Led by an experienced, award-winning investigative reporter, the class will workshop problems and projects together.

Participants in the course will leave with an individualized plan to guide students in their own original investigations and a Boston University Certificate of Completion (non-credit).

Instructor: Jenifer McKim

McKim is an award-winning investigative reporter for the New England Center for Investigative Reporting focused on injustices suffered by society’s most vulnerable. Her probe of lead-tainted imported candy for the Orange County Register was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her investigation of illegal sex trafficking of minors for the Boston Globe won the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. She is a 2008 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and teaches the investigative reporting clinic at Boston University.

Applications for Summer 2019: Open This Fall