Independent Centers at Universities

Below are independent investigative centers that are based at and/or collaborate with universities. For investigative journalism, data journalism and computer-assisted reporting courses taught at these universities please go to syllabi.

The Investigative Reporting Workshop, based at the School of Communication at American University, was founded in 2008 by longtime investigative journalist Chuck Lewis, who continues to report and write for the site and national publications.


inewsource is a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom in San Diego committed to exposing wrongdoing and holding powerful people and institutions accountable.


The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan news service founded by Stephen J. Berry, a Pulitzer-prize winning investigative journalist and an associate professor of journalism at the University of Iowa, and Robert Gutsche Jr., a University of Iowa Ph.D. student and journalist who helped launch the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009.


Oklahoma Watch is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) corporation that produces in-depth and investigative journalism as a public service for the benefit of all Oklahomans.

The nonpartisan, nonprofit Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is increasing the quality and quantity of investigative reporting in Wisconsin, while training current and future investigative journalists. Its work fosters an informed citizenry and strengthens democracy.


CHJ partners with reporters and their newsrooms to nurture ambitious journalism that impacts policy and spurs new community discussions. Their all-expenses-paid fellowships offer journalists a chance to step away from their newsrooms to hone health reporting skills and to dive deep into storytelling on health disparities and vulnerable children, youth and families.

Borderzine is the capstone course of the Multimedia Journalism program at the University of Texas at El Paso. Here, students refine their skills in reporting and producing multimedia stories and blogs. Students experience a professional newsroom environment and publish on Borderzine.comand partner media outlets.

Yale Environment 360 is an online magazine offering opinion, analysis, reporting, and debate on global environmental issues. They feature original articles by scientists, journalists, environmentalists, academics, policy makers, and business people, as well as multimedia content and a daily digest of major environmental news.

For other non-profit investigative reporting centers not based at universities see the list at GIJN.