The Ida B. Wells Society For Investigative Reporting

The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting represents a new take on a familiar mission.  We are a news trade organization whose mission is to increase the ranks, retention and profile of reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting.

The Society seeks to raise the awareness of, and opportunities for, investigative reporting among journalists of color and to foster the desire for social justice journalism and accountability reporting about racial injustice.

Although there are journalism membership organizations that provide training and skills building for investigative reporting and others that serve as advocates for diversity in newsrooms and media organizations, none of these groups adequately serve journalists of color who are interested in opportunities in investigative reporting.

Today, even as ongoing racial inequality roils the national landscape, too few of the journalists doing investigative reporting come from the communities suffering the most. The ranks of investigative reporters in the nation’s newsrooms continue to be overwhelmingly white.

Our mission is to do something about that.

The inaugural Ida B. Wells Society investigative reporting boot camp at North Carolina Central University in Durham.

Join us at our Investigative Training Bootcamps

We are happy to provide our members with free or low-cost regional training and professional development in both beginning and advanced investigative reporting. The skills developed through our trainings can be applied to both beat and project reporting and will be suitable for journalists for all levels of experience.

Our trainings will cover source development, pitching stories, using data to deepen your reporting skills and more.

Investigative Reporting Workshops

Investigating Law Enforcement Training with Howard University

The Ida B. Wells Society will hold an investigative journalism workshop on May 6, 2017, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the Department of Media, Journalism and Film. The day-long workshop will focus on covering law enforcement and can be applied to both beat and project reporting.  The training will be suitable for journalists at all levels of experience including professional journalists and student journalists.
Some of the nation’s top journalists from media outlets including The New York Times, ProPublica and The Washington Post will serve as trainers.
The training will cover:
  • Using data to deepen your reporting and break stories
  • Developing sources
  • Accessing public records
  • Developing news apps and interactive
  • Pitching stories to editors
  • Organizing your projects
  • Writing compelling investigative narratives

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