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Advanced Reporting Course

Advanced Reporting Course

As a student in the Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence, you’ll receive hands-on training and instruction from renowned investigative journalism team, Carol Marin and Don Moseley. The Advanced Reporting course will teach you useful skills for working in the field while you also focus on the deeper ethical questions of journalism.

Advanced Reporting Course

Each year, a small cohort of journalism students take the Advanced Reporting course taught by Carol Marin and Don Moseley. For two quarters, you can learn about the ins and outs of investigative journalism by experiencing the industry firsthand, including:

  • Researching stories for Carol Marin to broadcast on Chicago Tonight
  • Visiting NBC studios in Chicago to assist Marin and Moseley with their political reporting work
  • Writing pieces that appear on the course blog, Down the Center

How to Apply:

The Advanced Reporting course is intended for students who have a serious desire to work in political, investigative or enterprise reporting. Review the course description for full criteria and application instructions.

Down the Center Blog

Down the Center showcases the work of students in the Advanced Reporting course, where students write about industry trends, recent events in the news, advice they receive from working journalists and more.

Chicago Tonight Stories

Each quarter, Advanced Reporting students choose a story that will air on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. They research, report, shoot, write and edit the story that Carol Marin presents. This is just one of the ways that the CJIE gives you real world experience, taking you outside of the classroom to prepare you for a career in journalism.

Browse the archive of past work that students have completed for Chicago Tonight.

Climate Action Plan


Speeding Violations


Washington, IL


Gambling Addiction


Period Poverty


Bubbly Creek


Booting by Private Companies


Sanctuary Restaurants




Marijuana Laws


Gun Offender Registry


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