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

Session 1: June 26 – July 7, 2017

Session 2: July 10 – July 21, 2017

Session 3: July 24 – August 4, 2017

*For all sessions, students move in the Sunday before classes begin. For example, Session 1 move-in is on Sunday, June 25.

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: $2,500

Dormitory housing (double occ.): $476

Dining plans:
14 Plus Plan – $356
19 Plus Plan – $430

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



All housing is in Boston University dormitories and all meal plans are furnished by BU Dining Services. Most students will be placed in double occupancy dorms, although some students may have their own room. 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

Pay in full by January 31 to receive $200 off tuition!

Pay in full by February 28 to receive $100 off tuition!

Full payment is required two weeks after acceptance into the program.

Financial aid is not available for this program. However, 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, 2017.

Please note: No refunds are available after March 1st, 2017. 

Payment Link:

If you have already applied and been accepted, you can make tuition and housing payments here: