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Investigative Reporting at Boston University

Categories: Writing - All Genre, Academic / Pre-College

Ages: 14-19

Gender: Co-Ed

Type: Overnight/Residential

Mailing Address:
640 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA USA 02215

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Based at Boston University, this hands-on, two-week workshop from the New England Center for Investigative Reporting is a unique opportunity for high school students to learn the craft of investigative news reporting, experience life on a vibrant college campus, and explore the world-class city of Boston. Read More!

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The NECIR Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop provides students with the opportunity to learn journalism from investigative professionals, gain experience for college and beyond, and explore Boston with new friends from across the country. Participants work on investigative news stories and projects with hands-on coaching in writing, reporting, research and critical thinking from award-winning journalists and veteran journalism teachers. While meeting peers interested in journalism from around the U.S. and the world, students will experience campus life in a thriving college town. The program includes evening and weekend field trips to historic Boston sites. Past attendees have said: “Thank you so much for this opportunity. When I came into the program I knew it would be a great experience, but I never knew that it would change my life. I’ve learned so much about myself on this trip and also about relationships with others.” “I liked talking about writing leads and structuring an article, because even though I write for the school paper, no one has told me how to write an article before.” “Coming into this program I thought it would be a ridiculously intense two weeks of writing 24/7, but I thought the balance of fun activities and learning was perfect. The program exceeded all my expectations.” Students live in Boston University dorms with program counselors, and any high school student 14 and older can apply. A. What makes your camp or program unique? The NECIR summer workshop is unique because it focuses on investigative reporting and allows students the chance to produce their own investigative reports while working closely with professional journalists. B. Describe a typical day in your camp or program. Morning classes focus on writing and journalistic style. Afternoon classes are called “Story Labs” where students work with experienced journalists to produce their own stories in a newsroom style classroom. An evening trip could be a Fenway Park Tour, a trip to Boston’s famed Museum of Fine Arts, or a night on Newbury Street. C. What type of teenager participates in your camp or program? Our participants are interested in journalism, are at least 14 years old, and are ready for a campus experience! We look for students who are strong writers and self-motivated. D. Where do your participants come from? Last summer, our participants came from 31 states and 11 countries. E. What is the housing like and what can you tell us about the meals? Students live in Boston University dorms, usually in double rooms but sometimes in singles. Meal plans are available through the university dining hall (required for those staying on campus) and there are several other eateries around campus, providing lots of options.

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