NECIR’s Investigative Journalism Certificate Program is aimed at recent graduates and working journalists who are interested in pursuing a career in investigative journalism, or utilizing the skills obtained for a variety of different career fields. This week-long workshop is taught by an experienced faculty of Boston University journalism professors and award-winning reporters. Participants will spend a week at The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, based at Boston University’s College of Communication, learning valuable investigative reporting skills. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a certificate from NECIR and Boston University.

Topics Covered:

  • Investigating U.S Business
  • Data-Driven Investigative Stories
  • Computer-Assisted Reporting
  • Investigating Individuals
  • Reporting with Pivot Tables
  • Investigating the Environment
  • The Role of Media in Exposing Abuse and Engaging Citizens in the Health Sector
  • Navigating FOIA
  • Art of the Interview

Program Details

2016 Session Dates:

June 6 – June 10
Classes are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

Application Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by May 25th, 2016.


Program Cost:

Tuition: $1,000

Dormitory housing (double occ.): $223 (2015 rate)

Dining plan: 14 Plus Plan – $168 (2015 rate)

No refunds after April 1st.

Regrettably we are not able to provide financial aid for this program.


NECIR will need housing forms completed and submitted by all accepted attendees who plan on dorming on campus. Participants who dorm will have to also pay for a meal plan. If you live close by, dorming is optional.