Program Details

Participants will spend a week at The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, based at Boston University's College of Communication, learning valuable investigative reporting skills. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a certificate from NECIR and BU.

If participants are interested in a longer training program, please contact NECIR to learn more.

Topics Covered: 

Investigating U.S Business, Data-Driven Investigative Stories, Computer-Assisted Reporting, Investigating Individuals, Reporting with Pivot Tables, Investigating the Environment, The Role of Media in Exposing Abuse and Engaging Citizens in the Health Sector, Navigating FOIA, Art of the Interview.

Faculty:

Joe Bergantino- NECIR's Executive Director and Managing Editor, is an award-winning investigative reporter with 35 years of experience, including 22 years as WBZ-TV's I-Team reporter and five years as an ABC News correspondent.

Doug Struck is Jounalist-in-Residence and associate chairman of the Journalism Department at Emerson College in Boston. He has been a journalist for 30+ years, mainly on the foreign and national staffs of the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun.

Lou Ureneck is the author of Backcast, winner of the 2007 National Outdoor Book Award. His most recent book, Cabin, was published in fall 2011 by VikingPress. A former Nieman Fellow, Ureneck was the deputy managing editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, in charge of the paper's front page and nightly news operation.

About NECIR:

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting is a non-profit investigative reporting newsroom based at Boston University's College of Communication. Launched in 2009, it has been at the forefront of a new era in investigative journalism in the U.S and across the globe.

Sample Curriculum:

Below you will find a sample schedule from our 2013 summer. This is not necessarily the finalized schedule for summer 2014, but will give an idea of what our program offers.

MONDAY
10- 11:00 am – Welcome and Introductions
11:00-11:15 am – Break
11:15 – 12:30 am – The “New News Ecosystem:” – the state of investigative journalism in the U.S.
12:30 – 1:30 pm - Lunch
1:30 -3 pm – “Anatomy of a Story” – Campus Sexual Assaults
3:00 – 3:15 - Break
3:15 -5 pm – “On the Beat Seminar:” Data-driven investigative stories

TUESDAY
10-11 am – “Story Lab” – Developing and executing your investigative projects
11:00-11:15 am – Break
11:15 -12:30 pm – “NECIR Storyboard”: investigating how individuals and institutions around the world
influence U.S. policymakers and politicians
12:30-1:30 pm – Lunch
1:30-3:00 pm – “On the Beat Seminar”: Investigating U.S. campaign finance
3:15-3:30 pm – Break
3:30 -5:00 pm – “Story Lab:” – newsroom time for your investigative projects
5-6:00 pm – Break
6-8:00 pm – NECIR hosted dinner

WEDNESDAY
10-11 am – “On the Beat: Investigating Individuals in the U.S.”
11-11:15 pm - Break
11:15 – 12:30 pm – “NECIR Storyboard:” Next Steps
12:30 – 1:30 pm – Lunch
1:30 – 3 pm – “On the Beat Seminar:” Investigating U.S. businesses
3-3:15 pm - Break
3:15 – 4:45 pm - “Story Lab” – newsroom time for investigations

THURSDAY
10-11:00 – “Anatomy of a Story:” – International Carbon Offset Fraud
11:00-11:15 pm – Break
11:15 – 12:30 pm - “NECIR Storyboard:” – Moving the Reporting forward
12:30 – 1:30 pm – Lunch
1:30 – 3 pm – “On the Beat Seminar:” – Investigating the Environment in the U.S.
3 – 3:15 pm – Break
3:15 pm – 4:45 pm – “Story Lab:” - newsroom time for investigations

FRIDAY
10:00 – 11:00 am - “Reporter’s Perspective: Newsroom Ethics in a Digital Era”
11:00 – 11:15 am – Break
11:15 – 12:30 pm – “Anatomy of a Story:” – Covering Mortgage Fraud in the U.S.
12:30 – 1:30 pm – Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 pm – “On the Beat Seminar:” Investigating U.S. non-profits
3:00 – 3:15 pm – Break
3:15 – 4:45 pm – “Story Lab:” – newsroom time for investigations
4:45 – 5 pm – Evaluations

 Application Deadline May 20th 

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If you have any unanswered questions please contact

Hunter De Lench at 617-358-6651