Journalism major Jie Jenny Zou has been selected as one of 75 college students from across the United States to participate in the Campus Coverage Project, a special training program for investigative journalism held at Arizona State University.
Zou will spend Jan. 6-9 in Phoenix learning, among other things, to use the Internet as an investigative reporting tool and how to read budget documents and find the stories that matter. Participants are expected to produce stories that examine campus issues in the context of national debates on higher education, to examine athletic programs—and their funding, or to analyze their school’s performance to see how it measures up.
The Campus Coverage Project is jointly sponsored by ASU and by Investigative Reporters and Editors, a national nonprofit group that strives to improve the quality of investigative journalism. Selected students attend three days of panels and conferences and receive scholarships that cover the cost of lodging and transportation.
Zou, 19, is a junior interested in investigative and in-depth journalism. She has interned with veteran WNBC newsman Gabe Pressman and is a copy editor at the Stony Brook Independent, a student-run online news organization.