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Howard Center for Investigative Journalism

The Howard Center trains the next generation of reporters through hands-on investigative journalism projects.

Investigate stories and make an impact

The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the Cronkite School is a groundbreaking journalism program that advances deeply researched watchdog journalism. The Howard Center, supported by the Scripps Howard Foundation, focuses on training the next generation of reporters through hands-on investigative journalism projects. Our students uncover, deeply research and publish stories of significant importance – many of which have won national and regional awards.

Top-performing graduate and undergraduate students produce national and regional investigations in partnership with professional news outlets across the country. View a selection of our investigations below.

The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the Cronkite School was made possible by The Scripps Howard Foundation, which supports philanthropic causes important to The E.W. Scripps Company and the communities it serves, with a special emphasis on excellence in journalism.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites for undergraduates: JMC 305, and JMC 301/302 or JMC 315, and either JMC 494: Elements of Investigative Journalism or at least one advanced skills class (such as MCO 470: Depth Reporting, MCO 465: Telling Stories with Data, JMC 440: Magazine Writing, or JMC 494: Sustainability Short-Form Documentary).

Prerequisite for graduates: MCO 502 and at least one advanced skills class

Read our investigations

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Homeland Secrets

Federal agents from Homeland Security Investigations, a division of ICE, have been involved in at least 13 shootings nationwide, most in the last two years, according to an investigation by the Howard Center at ASU.

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COVID’s Invisible Victims

Stay-at-home orders take on a whole new meaning when you have no home. The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism explores the pandemic’s impact on America’s homeless population.

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Operation Agent Touch

HSI agents went undercover to break up an alleged sex-trafficking ring, but their “investigative techniques” collapsed the case and let suspected traffickers go free.

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