Deadline: 11/07/2018

Investigative Journalism Intensive

Residency provides a wide-ranging intro to the use of investigative research in nonfiction writing.

In the age of alt-facts, deeply researched reporting is more crucial than ever to the viability of an informed citizenry and a healthy democracy. Investigative reporters craft the stories that form the heart of our public discourse. These stories require advanced technical skills, but over the past decade, data transparency laws have been empowering all writers to explore their ideas more fully than ever before.

This program teaches nonfiction writers and journalists to use investigative research techniques as they create compelling narratives. Participants will discuss the critical conversation around media and democracy.

What does the program offer?
This residency provides a wide-ranging introduction to the use of investigative research in nonfiction writing. Through a combination of interactive seminars and workshops, participants will learn to identify research sources, extract the necessary information, and turn data and interviews into rich, engaging narratives.

Morning seminars will teach techniques ranging from handling adversarial interviews to digitally-assisted reporting to navigating freedom of information laws. Afternoon workshops will be devoted to the application of these skills in crafting a narrative and reviewing participants’ works.

Instructors will be available to meet privately with participants to discuss ideas, drafts of articles and scripts, and obstacles participants may be encountering with their reporting. 

Who should apply?
Journalists and writers who are working on investigative projects or are interested in improving their investigative skills are invited to apply. The program will be of particular interest to recent graduates, freelancers, and those hoping to bring fresh details and new techniques to their work.

Robert Cribb, Patti Sonntag, Martha Mendoza

Application Requirements:

  • Resume: A one-page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.
  • Cover Letter/Project Proposal: A one-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in this program, what you hope to achieve by attending it, and how the program theme relates to your practice.  
  • Work Samples: Up to three samples of relevant, journalistic work not exceeding 25 pages total.
  • Project Summary: Provide a 100-word artist biography and a 100-word summary of the proposed project. These summaries will be used as a narrative for administrative and public use.
  • Finacial Assistance: Be sure to complete the Financial Aid section to be eligible for financial assistance.

The application process takes place online through the program page. Learn more here: 

Investigative Journalism Intensive

Investigative Journalism Intensive


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