Boston University High School Investigative Workshop
The New England Center for Investigative Reporting presents a once-in-a-lifetime experience for high school students interested in journalism, communications or writing: the Pre-College Summer Journalism Institute at Boston University.

Now in its eighth summer, the Institute gives students ages 15 to 18 the opportunity to expand their skills, experience college life and explore Boston.

Each two-week session expands student skills through hands-on, real-life learning. Uniquely, we make the entire city of Boston the reporting beat. Guided by award-winning working journalists, students report and write on what’s happening in real time: government, business, sports, crime, courts, the arts and more. We expose students to techniques for hard core investigations, too.

The Institute also serves as an exploration of campus life. Students not commuting from home live in Boston University residence halls and eat at the student dining hall. Instructors use the same textbook from BU’s journalism fundamentals course, and give students the freedom to pursue their own stories.

We’ve made time for students to explore the city of Boston, its museums, its shopping and its history. Many students tour Boston University as well as nearby schools such as Harvard, MIT, Boston College, Tufts, Emerson, Northeastern and University of Massachusetts at Boston.

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 25 – July 6, 2018

Session 2: July 9 – July 20, 2018

Session 3: July 23 – August 3, 2018

For all sessions, students move in the Sunday before classes begin. For example, Session 1 move-in is on Sunday, June 24.

Bonus Session at Boston College: July 2 to July 13





Tuition + Fees: $2,600

Room + Board: $900 est.

$400 discount if paid in full by February 28, 2018
$200 discount if paid in full by March 31, 2018
$800 nonrefundable deposit holds seat until May 31, 2018.

Boston College: Pricing TBD.

Scholarships & Aid

NECIR offers a limited number of full-tuition scholarships and partial discounts for U.S. students of color and for students with demonstrated financial need. Apply by January 31, 2017. Scholarships awarded by February 15, 2018. Boston University sessions only.