Journalism

New England Center for Investigative Reporting

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) is a nonprofit investigative reporting newsroom based at Boston University. Its mission is to ensure the survival of serious, in-depth investigative journalism in New England and to train a new generation of investigative reporters.

NECIR was founded by Joe Bergantino and Maggie Mulvihill, two veteran Boston journalists who together have more than 50 years of investigative reporting experience. Along with Boston University College of Communication Dean Tom Fiedler, a former Executive Editor and investigative reporter for The Miami Herald, Bergantino and Mulvihill launched NECIR to address the precipitous decline in investigative reporting due—in part– to newsroom downsizing.

NECIR produces high-quality, high-impact multimedia investigative stories that require time and resources few mainstream news outlets can provide. All of its reporting is done by experienced, professional journalists with the assistance of student researchers.

Through NECIR’s monthly investigative reporting subscription service, called “The Public Eye,” its stories reach about one million readers, viewers and listeners. its stories appear in newspapers and on TV stations across Massachusetts and New England. NECIR reports also run in The Boston Globe and on WBUR (NPR).

NECIR training programs include a Summer Investigative Journalism Workshop for high school students. This workshop is a great way to introduce high school students to the field of investigative reporting. Students gain valuable knowledge through our summer journalism program. We also offer an Investigative Reporting Certificate Program for international journalists, student internships as well as workshops for professional journalists, bloggers and citizen journalists. Since its launch in 2009, we have trained more than 200 aspiring investigative reporters. Now, the NECIR is looking for interns for the summer, fall and winter semesters.

You will get hands-on experience working on investigative projects that will be distributed through our media partners including The Boston Globe, WBUR (NPR), NECN, and many other prominent New England outlets.

Students will get experience in:

  • Public records research
  • Database analysis
  • Computer-assisted reporting
  • A thorough understanding of the investigative reporting process
  • Develop news clips and broadcast tapes for their professional resumes
  • Work closely with a team of experienced reporters at NECIR-BU.
  • Develop multimedia presentations of stories resulting from their project work.

“Joe and Maggie have been there for me since high school, and in the years since, have never failed to answer questions, provide recommendations, and offer me opportunities to learn. At NECIR this summer, I have met journalists from around the world and heard about their work, learned computer-assisted reporting techniques, worked on research for future pieces, and watched my co-interns produce incredible stories.” – Queen Arsem-O’Malley

For more information on the internship program, visit the New England Center for Investigative Reporting website.