A career in investigative journalism is a rewarding path for those who seek to find the truth. A path that can lead down many roads, investigative journalists have to be prepared to fill many roles. When demonstrating your findings you’ll likely be required to use every form of media at your disposal to tell your story.
Some schools that offer world-class investigative journalism undergraduate programs, are: St. Bonaventure University, Medill at Northwestern, and The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Nationally recognized graduate schools in investigative journalism, are Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and many more. There are also many organizations to help get your education and career on its way, such as the Center for Investigative Journalism, and the Fund for Investigative Journalism.
There are many ways to prepare for a career in investigative journalism. The most important things, as with so many careers, is to get an education in the field, and get as much experience you can. Earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism, or a related field is key. Interning at weeklies, newspapers, online publications, and anywhere else that publishes journalist’s stories is also important. So is writing for a publication, whether it be your schools newspaper, or your town’s. Below is a chart that details the education, experience, and skills you will need to begin your career in investigative journalism.
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