Media School receives $ 6 million gift for IU Bloomington’s Center for Investigative Journalism: News at IU: Indiana University

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University Media School will launch an independent investigative journalism center in fall 2019, with the largest donation in history from the centennial journalism program.

The Michael I. Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism, funded by a $ 6 million donation from Arnolt, a former student of IU Bloomington in Indianapolis, will focus on producing and teaching investigative journalism in Indiana and beyond.

“I am delighted to be able to announce this transformational gift for The Media School and for journalism in Indiana,” said James Shanahan, Dean of The Media School. “We have all recently been reminded of the need for strong and independent investigative journalism. Michael Arnolt shares this recognition with us and helps us take an important step towards producing quality journalism and training journalists from quality.”

“We are all extremely grateful to Michael Arnolt for this gift,” said IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel. “Investigative journalism is essential for a healthy democracy and a healthy civil society. We must ensure that we continue to give future journalists the education and tools to work in our communities so that we can be better informed and better equipped citizens. This giveaway makes it possible for the media school. “

Arnolt, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from IU Bloomington in 1967, spent the first five and a half years of his professional career as a reporter for The Elkhart (Indiana) Truth. He then moved on to private enterprise, becoming the co-founder of Graston Technique, a physiotherapy method adopted by clinicians, outpatient clinics, higher education university programs and more than 450 amateur and professional sports organizations in the States. United, Canada and Europe. Despite the career change, he maintained his passion and belief in the responsibility of journalists to maintain the watchdog function of the news media.

As a journalist, Arnolt received two Indiana Associated Press Media Editors Awards for Feature Film and News Writing, the last of which was for a presentation on a nursing home investment scam.

“The skills and curiosity I acquired as a journalist / writer have benefited me throughout my professional life,” said Arnolt. “Fairness, accuracy and thoroughness in reporting are the canons to which we subscribe.”

The center will conduct multimedia investigative reporting on issues of importance to residents of Indiana, including issues that transcend state lines. The centre’s work will be available free of charge to local, regional and national media and will seek to supplement their reporting at a time when many are losing newsroom staff. The stories will be disseminated through professional networks established in the state and across the country.

Arnolt underscored the importance of the nonprofit, non-partisan centre’s charter, which guarantees its editorial independence from the Media School and Indiana University.

“I am very proud to be part of the center,” he said. “It’s one way to make a difference.”

The center will be headed by a director who will provide editorial advice to graduate and undergraduate students working on investigative projects and help the school improve its investigative journalism curriculum. Specifically, the initial funding from Arnolt’s donation will provide scholarships for up to four graduate students and scholarships for up to 10 undergraduates, giving them the opportunity to learn reporting in a real-world setting. The search for the director begins on September 7.

The establishment of the center will enhance the Media School‘s MSc program, which includes courses in data journalism, investigative reporting and visual communication.

The Media School provides journalism students with a rigorous foundation in the liberal arts tradition, as well as a solid pre-professional education that allows them to immerse themselves in a variety of media platforms.

This donation counts towards the $ 3 billion campaign, For Everyone: Indiana University’s Bicentennial Campaign. Part of Arnolt’s gift will be matched.

For everyone: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign is taking place on all campuses administered by IU, including IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. The campaign will end in June 2020 to coincide with the celebration of IU’s bicentennial year. To learn more about the campaign, its impact and how to get involved, visit

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