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.

The Ida B. Wells Society statement on UNC tenure status of Nikole Hannah-Jones 

Our latest news

Luis Joel Méndez Gonzålez selected as Miami Herald-Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting Intern

We’re happy to announce that Luis Joel Méndez Gonzålez has been selected as the first Miami Herald-Ida B. Wells Society investigative intern. 

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Luis Joel Méndez Gonzålez

The investigative summer internship is in collaboration with the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting at the University of North Carolina’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media in Chapel Hill. The Society is funding the internship and will provide training and mentoring throughout the 10-week program.

Luis is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, with a degree in Tele-Radial Communication Technology. He will be pursuing his masters degree in journalism and media innovation at Northeastern University in Boston in the fall. 

“As a first-generation college student, I never thought I would intern for The Miami Herald,” he said. “I want to use my background to connect with all underrepresented groups in Florida, the United States and Latin America.”

He comes to the Herald and el Nuevo Herald with an impressive array of skills and experience. He has interned at El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism, and Metro Puerto Rico. He won a Google Journalism Initiative Fellowship, a Student Diversity Fellowship from Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), and an Emerging Reporters Scholarship and a Diversity Scholarship from ProPublica.

He also is a student representative on the board of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. 

“We’re excited to work with Luis and appreciative of the opportunity to partner with the Ida B. Wells Society,” said Monica Richardson, executive editor of the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald. “We share the organization’s goal of developing the talent and skill of investigative journalists of color. The Society recognizes that today, even as ongoing racial inequality roils the national landscape, too few of the journalists doing investigative reporting come from diverse communities.”

Luis starts his internship on June 21.

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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