Investigative Journalism Courses

Poynter’s current course catalogue includes thirty hours of interactive online learning in investigating reporting. Students learn how to source information through public records and go from numbers to narrative. They gain fundamental core concepts and methods in investigative reporting in Will Work for Impact: Fundamentals of Investigative Journalism (16 hrs), our most comprehensive of the courses. This four-week online seminar gives reporters and editors of any level a roadmap to build an investigative story around findings to make a powerful case. Students further develop investigative techniques in a series of special topics courses that focus on investigating jails and covering immigration enforcement. Building Successful Partnerships lays the groundwork for news organizations to collaborate on stories that make an impact.

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Sourcing Information (7 hrs)

Freedom of Information and Your Right to Know

Investigative Reporting: From Numbers to Narrative

The Power of Public Records

The Power of Public Records

Fundamentals of Investigative Reporting (18 hrs)

A Reporter’s Guide to Getting It Right

Language, Math and News Literacy Certificate

The Storyteller as an Investigator: How to Turn a Tip into an Investigation

Investigative Techniques and Special Topics (8 hrs)

Covering Immigration Enforcement

Covering Jails: Addiction Behind Bars

Investigating Jails

Investigative Reporting in the Wake of a Disaster

Partnerships (1hr)

Building Successful News Partnerships