Will Work For Impact: Fundamentals of Investigative Journalism (September 2021)

$399.00

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September 2, 2021– September 23, 2021

Will Work For Impact: Fundamentals of Investigative Journalism (September 2021)

This four-week, hands-on seminar is for reporters and editors with ambition to do investigative journalism that functions as an important part of democracy.

Overview

  • Tune in Sept. 2, 9, 14 and 23 for live instruction from ProPublica assistant managing editor Alexandra Zayas.
  • Analyze award-winning investigations and apply those reporters’ strategies to your own work.
  • Complete weekly assignments, interact with your peers and get feedback from Zayas on your work.
  • Join the 150+ journalists who have graduated from this seminar with tangible, practical investigative skills.
  • Enroll as soon as you know this training is for you. Now in its sixth iteration, this seminar regularly sells out.

$399.00

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Select the right story by asking the right questions before you start
  • Learn how to access information that isn’t available to the public
  • Discover how to utilize the power of human reporting
  • Construct an investigative story around findings to make a powerful case
  • Strategies you can employ, before and after publication, to help your story make a difference

$399.00

In stock

Overview

  • Tune in Sept. 2, 9, 14 and 23 for live instruction from ProPublica assistant managing editor Alexandra Zayas.
  • Analyze award-winning investigations and apply those reporters’ strategies to your own work.
  • Complete weekly assignments, interact with your peers and get feedback from Zayas on your work.
  • Join the 150+ journalists who have graduated from this seminar with tangible, practical investigative skills.
  • Enroll as soon as you know this training is for you. Now in its sixth iteration, this seminar regularly sells out.

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This popular online group seminar will help you build an investigation, from the seed of an idea to a powerful execution.

Investigative reporting can seem daunting. By definition, it involves uncovering a problem someone would prefer to keep secret. It requires critical thinking, persistence, courage and optimism. It can be lonely work.

The good news is, there’s a roadmap you can follow. Over the course of four weeks, award-winning investigative journalist Alexandra Zayas will break down the process to help you think about what kinds of stories to choose, how to build a bulletproof case and how to maximize the chance your work will create change.

Questions?

If you need assistance, email us at info@poynter.org.

Schedule

This seminar unfolds over four weeks, beginning Sept. 2 and ending Sept. 23, 2021. Live sessions will take place on Thursdays at 3 p.m. Eastern (except for one session: Tuesday, Sept. 14). Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the live session, but sessions will also be recorded in case something comes up.

In addition to the live instruction, participants will interact in an online forum and complete weekly assignments. Alexandra Zayas will be available to talk through participants’ projects with them.

Week 1: Sept. 2, 3 p.m. Eastern

Choosing the right story, and the right frame, by answering an essential question: What’s the harm? Participants will analyze an entire year of IRE award winners to see how those stories originated.

Week 2: Sept. 9, 3 p.m. Eastern

Sniffing the ground and eating the stuff. Zayas will walk you through her own award-winning work to discuss creative approaches to reporting beyond public records.

Week 3: Tues., Sept. 14, 3 p.m. Eastern

Putting it all together. Using your findings to build a spine, and the narrative gems in your notebook to give your story heart. Participants will look at eight years’ worth of ledes that placed in the Pulitzer’s investigative category. How effective were they?

Week 4: Sept. 23, 3 p.m. Eastern

Planning for impact. Strategies to help your investigation make a difference, including newsroom partnerships. Participants will hear advice from winners of the Selden Ring Award, which is an award given specifically because of the impact generated by a story.

Who should apply

Reporters and editors of any level who want to spend time reading, thinking about and talking about successful investigative journalism, and learn from real-world scenarios to give their own work an edge.

“For those who want to secure a future in journalism, developing an aptitude for watchdog reporting is among the best investments they can make,” Zayas said. “There are exciting jobs opening all of the time.”

Cost

Tuition for this four-week online group seminar is $399. It includes four live lessons, weekly assignments, community interaction and feedback from the instructor.

Instructors

Instructors

  • Alexandra Zayas
    Adjunct
    Alexandra Zayas is an assistant managing editor at ProPublica, where she edited part of a series that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing...
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