Reflecting on the 2015 Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop

This is the first in an occasional series of reflections written by students from our 2015 Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop.

By Khari Bowman

Photo courtesy Khari Bowman.

Photo courtesy Khari Bowman.

Memphis, Tenn. — Attending the New England Center for Investigative Reporting summer workshop was one of the best experiences of my life. I had the opportunity to work with talented writers and professionals from all over the world who share an undeniable passion for journalism like me.  The experience has shaped me in ways I never would have imagined.

I chose to attend the workshop because I plan to go into the investigative reporting field after graduating from college. I wanted to expand my knowledge and become a better writer. As a writer for a city-wide teen paper, school newspaper, and a teen magazine company, I knew that going to the workshop would not only help me, but also allow me to go home and share what I learned with my peers. My instructors, Ibby Caputo and Harry Proudfoot, taught me important interviewing tips which assisted me in the reporting assignments that I completed while there.  One lesson that definitely stuck out to me was to “learn to take criticism.”

I formed friendships with people from all over the world that I continue to keep in contact with. Many of the activities we did while staying on the Boston University campus helped us to bond and learn about each other’s personalities.  Some of our fieldtrips included the John F. Kennedy Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Newbury Street, Fenway Park, and the MIT Gaming lab. The place that impacted me the most was the John F. Kennedy Museum because I got to see personal videos and highlights from JFK’s life.

Being a student at the NECIR Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop helped me to learn the ropes of journalism and explore the city of Boston for the first time. This experience introduced me to new people and ideas that will remain a part of my life forever.

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