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.

Training at NABJ17

Please join us at a half-day workshop at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The boot camp will be held in Salon 18 in the host hotel from 8 a.m. to noon. Please bring a laptop.

The Knight Foundation has announced a $150,000 grant to the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting 

The grant, the largest the Society has received thus far, will enable us to hire our first full-time manager who will help us develop our strategic plan and attract new investment and partnerships. It will also provide funding for training workshops, including three data journalism and coding boot camps geared toward programmers and journalists of color, and to help develop our mentoring program aimed at growing the next crop of investigative reporters and keeping them in the field. Find out more about the grant and how the Society will use it here.

With the help of Knight Foundation, the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting will live up to its motto: Be twice as good.

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