The Cincinnati-based Scripps Howard Foundation has announced grants totaling $6 million to establish investigative reporting centers at two universities.
The University of Maryland and Arizona State University will each receive a grant of $3 million over three years to establish a Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, a multidisciplinary, graduate-level program focused on training the next generation of reporters through hands-on investigative journalism projects at news organizations across the country. In addition to recruiting graduate students and faculty from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, the centers will expose students to a range of topics, including new media, data mining, and the history and ethics of investigative journalism and will collaborate on investigative projects with the goal of delivering high-impact content to news consumers. Both centers will launch national searches for their directors in the fall and are expected to be operational in 2019.
"Investigative journalists shine a light on our society's problems and protect democracy by holding the powerful accountable," said Lucy A. Dalglish, dean of the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism. "The Howard Center at Merrill College will provide an unmatched opportunity for our students to learn to tell important stories in innovative ways, preparing them to become outstanding professional journalists."
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