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.

Course Highlights

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.

• Possible virtual site visits and activities include: The New York Public Library, virtual campus tours of leading journalism schools and tours of culturally significant New York neighborhoods such as Jackson Heights and Chelsea.

• Previous guest 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


Term 1: June 8 - June 19

Term 2: June 22 - July 3

Term 4: July 20 - July 31

Tuition is $2750

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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