NECIR Summer Broadcast Journalism Workshops

New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University launches Summer Broadcast Journalism Workshop for high school students.

For the past six years, students from around the country with a passion for journalism have traveled to Boston to take their writing and reporting skills to the next level at the Newnecir02-350 England Center for Investigative Reporting’s summer high school workshop. Now the center, based at Boston University and WGBH News, is taking its training programs to the next level with the addition of its Summer Broadcast Journalism Workshop for high school students, launching this summer.

NECIR’s growing slate of student workshops began with a one-week Investigative Reporting Workshop in 2009 and has grown to include three two-week sessions in Boston. Last year, 131 students from 22 states and 13 countries were among the participants.


“This is an exciting opportunity for students to learn how to do broadcast journalism from professionals who have spent years in the field doing high-quality, award-winning work,” said NECIR’s Executive Director Joe Bergantino who is also a Clinical Professor of Journalism at Boston University.


The Broadcast Journalism Workshop will run from June 29 to July 10. Participants – up to 15 – will be part of a community of more than 150 students attending the Investigative Reporting Workshop this summer.


necir04-350Launched in 2009, NECIR was founded with the mission of producing investigative stories that hold the powerful accountable, and training the next generation of investigative reporters. Bergantino is an award-winning journalist with over 37 years of experience in investigative reporting for both national and local TV news. Having spent most of his career as the I-Team reporter for WBZ-TV in Boston, he also spent five years as a correspondent for ABC News where he reported for World News Tonight, Nightline and Good Morning America.

“One of the most fulfilling moments of my work at NECIR is hearing a young journalist say that our training programs have been ‘life-changing.’ We’re here to mentor a new generation of reporters who understand the true mission of journalism in our society – to hold the powerful accountable,” Bergantino said.

The Broadcast Journalism Workshop is a unique opportunity for high school students interested in journalism to spendnecir03-Joe Bergantino-350 two weeks gaining the necessary skills to produce a video story, from writing and editing to shooting and reporting on camera.

The rise of online news has changed the field of journalism dramatically, and multimedia elements like video are more important than ever. This specialized workshop teaches students how to present their reporting, interviewing, and investigating in video form.

The workshop will cover in-depth reporting methods, writing to video, and producing a video story – including story structure and pacing, shooting and editing skills, and on-camera presentation skills. Students work both independently and in teams, and will learn in group settings before putting the skills they learn into action.

The workshop instructors are award-winning veteran broadcast reporters. Lisa Hughes, news anchor for WBZ-TV’s nightly newscasts, will join Bergantino as a member of the workshop’s faculty. Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist Ron Sanders will bring decades of experience to the workshop as well.


To find out more and to apply today, please visit studentprograms.necir.org.


On the technical side is Jim Frances, a documentary and news photographer, producer, and editor. Frances has been the Director of Photography for Accenture, Oracle, Apply Computer, and Chrysler, among many other companies. He has shot countless days of news magazine footage for NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBS, Bloomberg, MSNBC, and Fox News.