University Centers

Below are university newsrooms that focus on investigative journalism. For investigative journalism, data journalism and computer-assisted reporting courses taught at these universities please go to syllabi.


The Waswsa Chronicle was Japan’s first university-based center for investigative journalism. A year after its inception, the Chronicle became independent from Waseda University, becoming Japan’s first investigative journalism NGO. The Chronicle continues to collaborate with Waseda University, aiming to educate students and foster the next generation of investigative journalists who will contribute to create a critical and innovative journalism in Japan.

United Kingdom

The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) is a think-tank, alternative university and an experimental laboratory set up to train a new generation of reporters in the tools of investigative, in-depth, and long-form journalism across all media.

United States

  • Arizona State University: NEWS21

Carnegie-Knight News21 is a national reporting initiative, headquartered at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, which brings top journalism students from across the country to report and produce in-depth, multimedia projects for major media outlets, including The Washington Post, NBC News and USA Today.

The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the Cronkite School is a groundbreaking journalism program to advance deeply researched watchdog journalism. The Howard Center, supported by the Scripps Howard Foundation, focuses on training the next generation of reporters through hands-on investigative journalism projects.

The United States’s first investigative reporting center based at a university, launched in 2004 to help fill the void in high-quality public interest and investigative journalism.

Since 2006, the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism has been training students for distinguished careers in investigative journalism. Candidates for the Master of Science degree are able to pursue this specialization, which is platform-neutral and is taken in addition to the traditional M.S. curriculum.

The News Enterprise is a student reporting initiative of the Emory College Journalism Program. Students in the Program’s investigative reporting course study advanced reporting techniques and receive practical, hands-on training in the practice of in-depth, public-interest journalism.

The Michael I. Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism is dedicated to educating students in investigative reporting techniques and creating provocative, original journalism for the public in Indiana and beyond. As a working newsroom, it strives to protect the vulnerable, expose wrongdoing, and act as a watchdog in Indiana and nationally.

The Center for Sustainable Journalism aims to discover innovative ways to produce financially sustainable, high quality and ethically sound journalism via applied research, collaborations and advancing innovative projects. 

Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism teaches student and professional journalists how to better report on the world’s most important beat. The East Lansing, Mich., center was founded in 1994 when the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation created the nation’s first endowed chair in environmental journalism within the MSU School of Journalism.

The Investigative Reporting Program (IRP) at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism is dedicated to promoting and protecting the practice of investigative reporting.

Established in 2006 by veteran investigative reporter Lowell Bergman, the IRP evolved from a single seminar to encompass a nonprofit newsroom, an annual symposium, multiple courses and a post-graduate fellowship program, among other initiatives.

CU-CitizenAccess is a community online news and information project devoted to investigative and enterprise coverage of social, justice and economic issues in east central Illinois.

The project is run by the Journalism Department of the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, launched in 2019, gives University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism students the opportunity to work with news organizations across the country to report stories of national or international importance to the public.

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