Program Details

Some of the topics covered are:

  • Finding investigative story ideas
  • Writing a news story (hard news, profile, and feature stories)
  • Writing an investigative piece
  • How to perform a background check
  • How to work with government databases and other information
  • Interview techniques
  • Computer-assisted reporting (CAR)
  • News ethics
  • Presenting your findings on the web, in print, and for broadcast

What would a sample day at the Investigative Reporting Workshop look like?

9-10 - Anatomy of a Story - How to start building your story
10:10-11:15 - How to Background someone - how to research everything about a person in order to expand your story
11:15-12:15 - Writing a feature/profile story about another workshop participant - learn and practice creating an a profile story
12:15-1:15 - Lunch/Free time
1:15-1:50 - FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) - Learning to exercise your rights to government information
2-4:30 - Investigative Story Lab - Time to work on your own investigative story that you will develop over the course of the 2 weeks
4:30-6:30 - Dinner/Free time
6:30-8 - Boston's Museum of Fine Arts Tour  Other popular evening activities in the past have included: movie night, tour of Harvard Square, Museum of Science, shopping on Newbury Street, tour of the North End, and seeing a Shakespeare on the Common show.

Session Dates:

Session 1: June 29 – July 10, 2015
Session 2: July 13 – July 24th, 2015
Session 3: July 27 – August 7th, 2015

Students spend the evening relaxing at a Red Sox game. July 2012

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are you still accepting applications?
Applications are closed for 2014. We will open applications soon for 2015.

When do the workshops take place?
We have three sessions each two weeks long.

The dates are:
Session 1: June 29 – July 10, 2015
Session 2: July 13 – July 24th, 2015
Session 3: July 27 – August 7th, 2015

Do you offer financial aid?
We do offer financial aid, however it is extremely limited and will never cover the entire cost of the program. It is evaluated on a first-come-first-serve basis as well as by need, so if you want financial aid we urge you to apply as soon as possible. To apply for financial aid, you would submit the financial aid form with the second part of your application.

Do I need an official transcript?
No. We just need to get a sense of your grades. An unofficial transcript would be fine.

Do you do broadcast journalism?
We don’t specifically address broadcast journalism, but the executive director of the program specialized most of his career in broadcast so if your child was interested he could tailor the program a little more towards them.

How much of the day is spent on learning vs. fun?
In the past 9-4:30 was reserved for learning and breaks, after that is all time for fun (organized and time off).

What if my grades aren’t good? Should I apply anyways?
We urge everyone to apply. While grades are a way for us to judge skill level, we realize it is not the only way. This is why writing samples and recommendations are very important to us.

Do you accept graduated seniors?
Yes.

If I live nearby, do I have to dorm during the program?
No, if you live close-by boarding is optional.

How old do I have to be to dorm on campus?

Participants need to be at least 14 years of age to live on campus. Students who are younger can be day students, but should be entering high school at the earliest.

What precautions will you take to ensure your students are safe?
Safety is our number one priority while your son or daughter is attending our program.  Evening and weekend time is filled with supervised activities.  There are only a few hours of free time  between the end of class and dinner each day (4-6 p.m.).  We set strict limits on where students can walk to on or off-campus during that time.  The Boston University police as well as Boston and Brookline police departments both regularly patrol the campus and surrounding neighborhoods.  The dormitory where your child will be living is divided by gender with security guards stationed at the building entrance and  ground floor elevators.  Boys are not allowed in girls’ rooms and vice versa.  There is a Resident Assistant as well as a counselor from our program on each floor housing our students. We will supply emergency contact information to students when they arrive. For more information please refer to the BU safety site: http://www.bu.edu/safety/welcome/

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