Based at Boston University, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting’s Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop is a perfect opportunity for U.S. and international high school students to learn more about journalism, and explore the exciting city of Boston! Our award-winning faculty will help ensure that each student will be taught at a high level, and learn new and valuable skills at this summer high school journalism program.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Finding investigative story ideas
  • Writing a news story (hard news, profile, and feature stories)
  • Writing an investigative piece
  • How to perform a background check
  • How to work with government databases and other information
  • Interview techniques
  • Computer-assisted reporting (CAR)
  • News ethics
  • Presenting your findings on the web, in print, and for broadcast

Program Details

2016 Session Dates:

Session 1: June 27 – July 8, 2016
Session 2: July 11 – July 22, 2016
Session 3: July 25 – August 5, 2016

The application deadline is two weeks prior to the start of each session, depending on space. Students interested in financial aid or payment plans should apply early, as aid is first-come, first-served.


Program Cost:

Tuition: $2,300

Dormitory housing (double occ.): $463.96

Dining plans:
14 Plus Plan – $346
19 Plus Plan – $416

Meal plan numbers denote how many meals the participant will receive each week.

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All housing is in Boston University dormitories and all meal plans are furnished by BU Dining Services. If you live within close proximity of us, then boarding is optional.

Student Health Services:

All students attending the workshop must complete the Boston University Student Health Services Immunization and Physical Form, found here.

Payment Deadlines

Full payment is required two weeks after acceptance into the program. If you need to work out a payment plan, a non-refundable $700 deposit (credited toward tuition) is required one week after acceptance to secure a student’s place in the workshop with full payment due no later than two months from date of acceptance. Any outstanding payments must be received by June 1, 2016.

Please note: No refunds are available after March 1st, 2016. 

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is need based and is issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Aid is provided in varying amounts up to a maximum of 50% off tuition and does not include room and board. Students do not have to be from the U.S. to receive financial aid.  If you would like financial aid, we urge you to apply as soon as possible. If accepted, we will provide you with a financial aid application to submit.