Investigative Journalism Intensive

Literary Arts
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Program Information

Overview

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.

Banff Centre is proud to host a five-day intensive on investigative journalism with an accompanying summit. This program teaches nonfiction writers and journalists to use investigative research techniques as they create compelling narratives.

Participants will also attend a summit entitled Journalism in the Age of Illiberalism. From October 20-21, writers and journalists will gather in Banff to discuss practical next steps in the critical conversation around media and democracy.

What does the program offer?

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

Morning seminars will teach techniques ranging from handling adversarial interviews to digitally-assisted reporting to navigating freedom of information laws. Afternoon workshops will be devoted to the application of these skills in crafting a narrative and reviewing participants’ works.

Instructors will be available to meet privately with participants to discuss ideas, drafts of articles and scripts, and obstacles 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 details and new techniques to their work.

Faculty

What's Included

Single RoomRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes a single bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

Regular Meal PlanRead MoreClose

Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Regular Flex meal plan includes $29 credit per day, equivalent to lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music, and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee*
$1 155.56
Program fee with financial aid
$0.00

Application fee: $65 for each individual or group application. Group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance.

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

If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials.

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How to Apply

Resume

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

Cover Letter / Project Proposal

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

Up to three samples of relevant, journalistic work not exceeding 25 pages total.

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.

Financial Assistance

Be sure to complete the Financial Aid section to be eligible for financial assistance.

Adjudication

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.

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:

Toll Free Number (Canada + USA)
1.800.565.9989