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 with a mission of increasing the ranks, retention and profile of reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting.

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The Ida B. Wells Society Announces Final Investigative Internship of Summer 2021 With ProPublica

The Ida B. Wells Society partnered with various news organizations this summer to offer student IBWS members paid internship opportunities this summer that offer training, mentorship and experience with some of the top investigative journalists in the country. These opportunities are open to IBWS members only (membership is free).

The Society is thrilled to announce the final remote investigative internship opportunity of summer 2021 with ProPublica targeted at students, recent graduates and postgraduates from underrepresented communities. You’ll work with our award-winning teams covering topics related to power and betrayals of public trust.

ProPublica will provide two interns with mentorship from ProPublica’s staff on investigative fundamentals as well as the opportunity to work on projects. All of our summer internships the being funded by the Ida B. Wells Society and interns will be provided with training workshops on the fundamentals of investigative and data reporting from veteran reporters around the country.

The engagement reporting intern will work with mentors on ProPublica’s engagement team to crowdsource stories for investigative projects. The intern will likely manage a callout, sift through incoming tips and lead an outreach campaign among other responsibilities. The second intern will work with mentors on ProPublica’s data team on high-impact investigative projects. The data intern will be involved in all facets of data journalism: requesting, collecting, creating and querying databases and finding the stories hidden within them.

This opportunity come in addition to the summer internships with the New York Times, the Miami Herald, USA Today and The Associated Press announced earlier this spring. The internship with The Associated Press will be accepting applications until May 14.

Students, recent graduates and postgraduates who come from underrepresented communities and HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions are strongly encouraged to apply to all of these internships.

The deadline to apply for the ProPublica internships is 5 pm EST on May 28. Learn more about these positions and application details by clicking below.


Ongoing trainings

The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting invites journalists of all skill levels to attend various virtual investigative workshops. We have invited some of the most accomplished journalists in the field to share their expertise. 

These skills-based workshops are free for Society members and will be led by some of the top reporters around the country.


Who we are

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 to is to do something about that

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