Beginning fall 2019, The Media School will be home to the Michael I. Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism.
Funded by a $6 million gift from alumnus Michael Arnolt (BA’67, journalism), the center will teach and produce high-quality investigative journalism for the state of Indiana and beyond.
The center will conduct multimedia investigative reporting on issues of importance to the residents of Indiana, including matters that reach beyond the state’s borders. The center’s work will be available at no cost to local, regional and national news outlets and will seek to supplement their reporting at a time when many are losing newsroom staff.
Master of Science and undergraduate students will do the reporting, providing them with an opportunity to learn in a real-world setting. Initial funding will provide fellowships for up to four graduate students and scholarships for as many as 10 undergraduates. A director will lead the center and provide editorial guidance.
The nonprofit, nonpartisan center will operate under a charter that guarantees its editorial independence from The Media School and from Indiana University.