Get the tools to uncover secrets: discover the tenets of investigative journalism and learn how to apply techniques, whether working on-the-scene or from afar.
Central to the mission of any topflight media outlet, investigative journalism is reporting on something that someone is trying to keep hidden. Police corruption, school segregation, sexual harassment and political abuses of power are just a few examples of the issues covered by investigative journalists over the past few months.
The best investigative journalism goes beyond day-to-day reporting to uncover systemic injustice and hold the powerful to account. Steeped in primary sources such as court documents and other public records, investigations usually take months – if not years – to hit the front page. When they do, their impact can be world- and life-changing for individuals and profound for specific communities. In this course, students will apply basic investigative principles such as understanding news value, working with primary sources documents, cultivating and protecting confidential sources, fact checking and working within the law.
Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.
• This course introduces students to what sets investigative journalism apart from conventional journalism as well as to the central tenets and tools of the field.
• Students will meet investigative journalists and experts to understand how a news organization approaches investigative journalism and the resources invested in each endeavor.
• Students will learn models for how to find and interpret primary source materials, and then use them to build and confirm an engaging, thoroughly researched story.
• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: The New York Times morgue, the vast and historic archive of The Times and other archives of historical importance; news publications, such as The Intercept and The Marshall Project; Correctional Association of New York; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of The New York Public Library; the Ford Foundation. Students will also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.
• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include: Phil Corbett (associate managing editor for standards, The New York Times), Alan Schwarz (reporter and Pulitzer Prize nominee, The New York Times), Christina Goldbaum (immigration reporter, The New York Times), Natalie Kitroeff (reporter, The New York Times), Justin Elliott (reporter, ProPublica) and Nabiha Syed (former Vice President of Legal and Associate General Counsel, BuzzFeed).
Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.
Cost and Session Information
Day Program: $5,225*
Residential Program: $5,825*
Term 1: June 7 - June 19
Term 2: June 21 - July 3
Term 4: July 19 - July 31
*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.