New England Center for Investigative Reporting
The New England Center for Investigative Reporting is the first nonprofit, university-based investigative reporting center in the country dedicated to local and regional issues. It was founded by veteran Boston journalists Joe Bergantino and Maggie Mulvihill and is based at the Boston University College of Communication. In collaboration with its media partners, along with BU journalism professors Dick Lehr and Mitch Zuckoff and their students, NECIR-BU produces high-quality, high-impact, multimedia investigative projects. NECIR-BU helps to fill the ever-widening void of investigative and explanatory reporting by creating partnerships with region-wide news organizations, including ethnic and online media. Working closely with ethnic news outlets, the center taps into important stories not aggressively covered by mainstream media and offer journalists working for those news organizations the assistance and guidance needed to do more investigative reporting on their own.
A critical component of NECIR-BU is education. NECIR-BU trains the next generation of investigative reporters, including students at Boston University and inner-city high schools. Teams of Boston University journalism students spend each semester as “reporter-trainees,” researching and producing investigative projects and earning course credit for their work. NECIR-BU also serves as a laboratory for exploring new and creative ways to deliver long-form investigative journalism to an online audience, using new technologies and multimedia platforms to reach diverse readers, listeners and viewers.