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Knight Center’s free online course on investigative journalism attracts 4,000 people from 150 countries. Register now!

More than 4,000 participants from all over the world have registered for the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “Investigative Journalism for the Digital Age,” being taught by a team of four leading investigative journalists in the United States and offered by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas with support from the the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The free, five-week course began last week on May 12 and will continue through June 15. There’s still time to join and catch up, click here to register.

As of May 20, 4,023 students from 150 countries had registered for the course. The countries with the most participants were the United States (1,331), Brazil (286), Canada (138), United Kingdom (123), Colombia (114), Mexico (112), Spain (119), Australia (105) and South Africa (101).

Students also registered from countries like Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Hong Kong, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, South Korea, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestine, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Tanzania, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

The course follows the popular multiple-instructor format pioneered by the Knight Center’s MOOC program. Each week of the course will be taught by a different instructor, giving students from around the world an opportunity to learn from some of the top experts in the field.

This week, the course is taught by Mike Berens, a Pulitzer Prize winner in the category of investigative journalism and a reporter for The Seattle Times. Next week, the course will be taught by Steve Doig, another Pulitzer Prize recipient and currently a professor and Knight Chair in Journalism at Arizona State University. Doig will be followed by Lise Olsen, senior investigative reporter for the newspaper Houston Chronicle and a journalism trainer with vast international experience.

This course has been coordinated by Brant Houston, a professor and Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, author of the popular of the classic Investigative Reporter's Handbook. Houston taught the first week of the course and will teach the last weekly module too.

This introductory course will teach students general concepts about conducting journalistic investigations, examples of small and large investigative stories, navigating through institutional structures to find sources, cultivating sources, finding databases and documents, analyzing and visualizing data, using information found on social media, and general considerations about presenting the story, ethics and fairness.

Click here to read more about the course, the topics and the instructors.

“Investigative Journalism for the Digital Age” is the Knight Center’s tenth MOOC since launching its massive courses program. Just like all of the Knight Center’s previous MOOCs, the course is mainly directed toward journalists but will be open to anyone in the world with an internet connection. No prior experience with the concepts or tools is required.

The Knight Center became a pioneer in massive journalism online education when it launched its MOOC program in October 2012. Since then, the Knight Center has offered nine courses and reached almost 40,000 participants in around 160 countries. The Knight Center's massive courses are created specifically for this program, as a training activity for journalists and anyone interested in journalism, and seek to encourage the largest amount of student-to-student and instructor-to-students interactions as possible.

About Knight Foundation:
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit

About the Knight Center:
The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas was created in 2002 by Professor Rosental Alves, who holds the Knight Chair in Journalism and the UNESCO Chair in Communication at the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism. Launched with major, multi-year grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Center also has received grants from Open Society Foundations and other donors. The Knight Center also has been sustained with support from the University of Texas at Austin's College of Communication, modest foundation grants and the public.


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