Get the tools to uncover secrets: discover the tenets of investigative journalism and learn how to apply the techniques, whether working on-the-scene or from afar.
At its core, Investigative Journalism is reporting on something that someone is trying to keep a secret. Police corruption, school segregation, sexual harassment, and political abuses of power are a few examples of the issues covered by investigative journalists over the past few months. 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 changing, life changing for individuals and profound for specific communities. Journalists investigate governments, companies and criminals often under the threat of legal or personal harm. 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.
Previous site visits include:
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
Local and federal governmental buildings such as courtrooms, police stations and the offices of elected officials
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of The New York Public Library
Museums and sites of historical importance such as the 9/11 Memorial
Previous guest speakers on this subject include:
Alan Schwarz, reporter and Pulitzer Prize nominee, The New York Times
Annie Correal, reporter, The New York Times
Natalie Kitroeff, reporter, The New York Times
Justin Elliott, reporter, ProPublica
Nabiha Syed, Vice President of Legal and Associate General Counsel, BuzzFeed
Cost and Session Information
Day Program: $5,150* Residential Program: $5,750*
Dates: July 21 - August 02
*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.