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Investigative Journalism 2020

Literary Arts

Program Information

Photo of program faculty, Robert Cribb and Patti Sonntag


In the age of alt-facts, deeply researched reporting is more crucial than ever to the viability of an informed citizenry and a healthy democracy. Investigative reporters craft the stories that form the heart of our public discourse. These stories require advanced technical skills, but over the past decade, data transparency laws have been empowering all writers to explore their ideas more fully than ever before.

This program discusses the investigative research tools and techniques that nonfiction writers and journalists require to create compelling narratives.

What does the program offer?

This 3-afternoon online residency provides a wide-ranging introduction to the use of investigative journalism in nonfiction writing. Through a combination of seminars, discussions, and workshops, participants will learn to identify research sources, mine the necessary information, and turn data and interviews into rich, engaging narratives.

Two-afternoon sessions will focus on broad thematic teaching from faculty members, the final afternoon will focus, as a group, on the crafting of exceptional pitches, generating input, and crafting language.

Instructors will discuss ideas, experiences, and obstacles that participants may be encountering with their reporting.

Who should apply?

Journalists and writers who are working on investigative projects or are interested in improving their investigative skills are invited to apply. The program will be of particular interest to recent graduates, freelancers, and those hoping to bring fresh ideas and new techniques to their work.

We welcome writers from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions.

Supported By: 

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What's Included

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Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee*
Program Fee with Financial Aid

Application fee: $25

*Financial Aid of 100% of the program fee is available for this program.



How to Apply

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A one-page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.

Cover Letter

A one-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in this program, what you hope to achieve by attending it, and how the program theme relates to your practice.  

Work Samples

1 writing sample of relevant, journalistic work not exceeding 6 pages.

Project Summary and Bio

Provide a 100-word artist biography and a 100-word summary of the proposed project. These summaries will be used as a narrative for administrative and public use.

Investigative Journalism Intensive only accepts projects that are being written in English.   


Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program. 

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.

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All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

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