Hi all —

Since most of you are working on interviews or your drafts, I’m going to cancel class today. E-mail me if you have any questions.




Extra Credit Opportunity

What: Discussion of New UMass Policy on the Admission of Iranian Students

When: Tonight, 7 p.m., UMass Campus Center Room 903.

Task: File 6-8 tweets on tonight’s meeting. Report on what is happening as well as the spectacle of the event itself. Please use the #weareallumass hashtag with your tweets.

Extra Credit Available: 0-2 points to your final grade based on quality/quantity of tweets.

Welcome to the Fall 2013 Investigative Class!

Happy to have you here!

Check out the Class Syllabus if you can before class. There are two books required, please try and purchase them as soon as possible:


* “Investigative Reporting,” by Marcy Burstiner.

* “The Art of Access,” by David Cuillier and Charles N. Davis.

If you’re not caught up on the NSA/Edward Snowden story (you should be!) — then take a look at the video on this piece

Get ready to high the ground running!

See you next week,




Possible Story Ideas

Hi all —

Here’s a summary of our discussion yesterday (this is the starting point for a discussion that will continue in class.)  Feel free to add to this list:


*  There’s been 37 rapes reported between Amherst college and UMass

*  46% actually reported (RAINN)


1. Security— has it improved? What’s different?

What do private schools do vs. public schools? Check back at library incident and see if changes occurred.

2. Processes that survivor and rapist go through. What happens to their family?

Do they withdraw from the university typically? Is the rapist expelled or in trouble with their school or maybe even their job?

3. Frat/jock culture— they aren’t associated with Umass so do the rapes need to be reported?

4. Police reports. What actually gets reported? Why? Obtain them.

5. Publishing the name?? most news outlets don’t. why not? Should we? What are  the risks/ problems and concerns with doing that?

Benefits of publication?

6. What happens from college to both survivor and rapist? Are there more rapes in college vs. high school or in the work force?

7. Male rape victims. Find their stories. What’s different about the coverage? How many actually come forward. Why don’t they?

8. Talk to UMass administrators.

9. Violence/alcohol. How do both play a part in rapes?


Welcome to the 2013 Spring Edition of Investigative Journalism!  Everything you need to know about this class can be found on this page.

It’s going to be a great semester so get ready, we’re going to hit the ground running.  You’re going to work and stretch yourself in this class but I can guarantee you that at the end you will have a feeling unlike any other class you’ve had at UMass….