College educators and students will receive investigative and data training through the new IRE on Campus program, which will include special opportunities for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic-Serving Institutions.
Generous funding from Lumina Foundation in Indianapolis will help launch the campus initiative. It features two components:
“This initiative will bolster IRE’s efforts to equip journalism professors with hands-on data and investigative skills they can incorporate in the classroom,” IRE Executive Director Doug Haddix said.
“We’re also excited about working with new partners on HBCU and HSI campuses. IRE can help equip more students of color with skills and resources to produce high-quality watchdog stories,” Haddix said. “This initiative is part of IRE’s overall efforts to train and support more journalists of color across all news platforms.”
Jamie Merisotis, Lumina’s president and CEO, added, “We’re pleased to be able to support these training opportunities on campuses serving black and Latino students, who are more likely to face structural barriers while pursuing their educations. As part of our commitment to racial equity, we also appreciate IRE’s emphasis on increasing the numbers of academics of color and these soon-to-be journalists with investigative skills entering the field of communications.”