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.

Our latest news

The Ida B. Wells Society announces new internship opportunities with the Miami Herald and USA Today Network

The Ida B. Wells Society will be partnering 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). We’ll be announcing even more opportunities throughout April so keep an eye out.

The Society is thrilled to announce two new internship opportunities this week with the USA Today Network and the Miami Herald targeted at students from underrepresented communities.

The USA Today Network is seeking two interns to join its investigative team this summer. The Miami Herald will hire one intern to work with its award-winning reporting team.

Both opportunities are 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.

These opportunities come in addition to the summer internship with the New York Times announced at the end of March.

Students and recent graduates who come from underrepresented communities, HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions are strongly encouraged to apply to all of these internships. Learn more about position and application details for the individual internships 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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