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.

Announcing the Ida b. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting Fellowship Program

Ida B. Wells for Investigative Reporting Fellowship Program is a yearlong, intensive, no-cost training program that will bring fellows to New York City six times a year to learn in-depth investigative reporting techniques from some of the most accomplished journalists in the field.

Click here for further information.

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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