Investigative journalism is the most highly-regarded branch of the profession, often helping reveal corruption, shining a light on social plights, influencing public policy and triggering change. It takes time and effort, but also an understanding of the basic concepts and tools used to carry out investigations.
To help people interested in learning about the newest resources and techniques in the field, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin is launching a new MOOC (massive open online course): “Investigative Journalism for the Digital Age,” which will last five weeks, starting on May 12 and ending on June 15, 2014.
The MOOC “Investigative Journalism for the Digital Age” will be taught by four of the best investigative reporters in the United States:
- Brant Houston, former, long time executive director of IRE (Investigative Reporters and editors), currently a professor and Knight Chair in Investigative Journalism at the University of Illinois;
- Steve Doig, a veteran investigative journalism and data journalism pioneer, currently a professor and Knight Chair at Arizona State University;
- Lise Olsen, a veteran journalism trainer, currently investigative reporter at Houston Chronicle; and
- Michael Berens, an investigative reporter for The Seattle Times.
Anyone can sign up online and, once registered, participants will receive instructions on how to enroll in the course. Enrollees will have immediate access to the syllabus, introductory information and a video from the instructor explaining how the MOOC will work.