Produce watchdog journalism that makes an impact. 

We offer an exclusive track for students looking to specialize in investigative reporting. We also offer many classes that incorporate investigative skills and techniques and are open to all students.

What We Offer

Teaching investigative skills is a core mission of the Journalism School. Many classes in our regular M.S. and M.A. programs incorporate the tools and methods of investigative journalism. M.S. candidates can also apply to The Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism. In addition to the regular M.S. curriculum, Stabile students take an investigative skills class and seminars in investigative reporting.

Students in investigative classes offered in the spring semester work in groups, each one investigating a single topic for 15 weeks. In the spring of 2015, one group in Walt Bogdanich’s Investigative Reporting Workshop participated in a New York Times investigation of online sports betting, uncovering what the subsequent story described as “an old-fashioned shadow banking system where billions of dollars pass through paper bags, car trunks, casino chips and various money-laundering schemes.”

In order to graduate with a specialization in investigative journalism, students must apply to the Stabile Center as part of their application for admission to the school.

Explore our degree programs.



Many of our classes include a strong investigative element and are open to all students.

Please note: The classes listed here represent recent offerings at the Journalism School. Choices vary each semester depending on faculty availability and other considerations. Classes described now may change or be dropped to make room for new additions.

Covering Campaign Finance

Gendering Migration: An Intensive Course on Women and Girls Crossing Borders

International Newsroom: How to Cover Armies and Spies

Investigating Health Care

Investigative Project

Investigative Techniques for Journalists

Stabile Investigative Seminar

Using Data to Investigate Across Borders

Student Work

Scilla Alecci and George Steptoe '15 M.S. Documentary

Doc '15 students Scilla Alecci & George Steptoe investigated how coworkers abuse female correction officers.

See The NYT report.


Steve Coll

Dean & Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism

Sheila Coronel

Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism; Director, Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, and Dean of Academic Affairs

Giannina Segnini

Knight Chair in Data Journalism and Director of the M.S. In Data Journalism Program