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Michael I. Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism


The Michael I. Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism will teach and produce top-tier investigative journalism covering the state of Indiana and beyond. As a student in the journalism M.S. concentration, you’ll earn 9–12 credit hours working as a fellow in the center.

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Student work

Problems and opportunities: Electronic access in Indiana

Craig Lyons, Samim Arif and DeJuan Foster, master’s students in an Investigative Reporting class, found that more than half of Indiana county agencies surveyed failed to comply with basic requests required by Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act. Their investigation is published on the Indiana Coalition for Open Government's website.

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The investigative journalism M.S. concentration will prepare you for a job as a multiplatform investigative reporter. Whether you apply your skills at a newspaper, TV station, website or documentary production company, you’ll be trained to produce thoughtful, thorough and ethical journalism.

A legacy of strength

For more than 100 years, IU has helped define and advance the field of journalism through its teaching, research, student media and world-renowned alumni. From giants of news history including famed World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle and Associated Press pioneer Kent Cooper to contemporaries such as ESPN SportsCenter’s Sage Steele and NPR television critic Eric Deggans, our alumni have been innovative and award-winning leaders in print, broadcast and digital news.

Graduate students in journalism build on that legacy every day at The Media School, working and learning alongside faculty members with extensive experience in public affairs and investigative journalism. Our aim is to produce the next generation of ethical, rigorous and innovative journalists to cover the important issues of our time.

Sehvilla Mann

The journalism education I received at IU guides every day of my work as a professional reporter. It was my professors at IU who taught me to ‘FOIA the leaders,’ and to understand the difference between ‘repeating’ the messages people give you and ‘reporting’ meaningfully on an issue.

Sehvilla Mann, MA’13, reporter for WMUK at Western Michigan University