Enterprise is the Daily Bruin’s section for investigative journalism. That means we bring light to light systemic issues, accountability concerns, and violations of the public trust happening at UCLA and beyond by looking into information that isn’t easily accessible to the general public. As a contributor for Enterprise, you’ll have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference by exposing new information, sharing the stories of community members whose voices are often unheard and using your investigative skills to determine the causes of major campus concerns. In the past, we have published articles on topics such as corruption in the UCLA School of Dentistry admissions process, the School of Law’s relationship with ICE and the rise of the alt-right movement on campus.
Investigative journalism can be challenging. You’ll have to be patient and persistent as you report stories: sources may be reluctant to speak with you or it might be difficult to access necessary information. However, it’s also one of the most rewarding forms of journalism because you’ll draw attention to the very real issues faced by people in our community and, as a result, push institutions to address them.
While you’re an intern, you’ll be trained to face the challenges of investigative journalism head on by using key investigative techniques and writing skills. You’ll use those skills to work with other Enterprise contributors as a team to write and report long-form investigative stories in which you’ll speak with sources, analyze documentation, look through archives, evaluate data, etc. in order to understand the causes and effects of the issues you’re looking into. This year, Enterprise is seeking to expand the issues we cover by publishing more stories through a team-based approach to reporting stories.
All majors, years, and backgrounds are welcome! If you have any questions at all, please contact Enterprise editor Justin Huwe at [email protected] Thank you for your interest in the section and we’re looking forward to receiving your application!