Student support for investigative work

How many investigative journalists could benefit from some free research support?

Quite a few, judging from the way many media organizations appear to be retreating from this field lately. In Britain, a unique program offers support from students at London’s City University
journalism department.

Journalists fill out an online application, and if approved, get free research services for up to six months.

This is a model journalism departments in Canada should look at seriously. It provides some real-life experience to students in a way that might be more beneficial than a traditional internship.

The key, though, is having an experienced investigative journalist mentoring the students. Luckily City University has Gavin MacFadyen in that role.