National Student Investigative Reporting Network

The National Student Investigative Reporting Network (NSIRN) is proud to announce the launch of the largest journalistic collaboration ever in Canada, bringing together more than 50 journalists and journalism students to examine the hidden costs of the oil and gas industry to Canadians. Click the button to read more.

Canada’s only national newsroom for students of investigative reporting

The National Student Investigative Reporting Network was established in 2016 by award-winning Toronto Star investigative reporter, Robert Cribb. Journalism students from across Canada will participate in a rigorous 13-week course, where they will study advanced investigative research techniques and enrich their reporting skills. Under the guidance of some of Canada’s most esteemed journalists, the students will take on an important story of national scope and work in partnership with notable media organizations to bring their investigation to the public. Students who complete the program to their instructors’ satisfaction will be selected to participate in a 10-week paid internship in the summer to continue developing the investigation. NSIRN is headquartered at the Ryerson University School of Journalism in Toronto. The course is delivered live online via AdobeConnect, allowing for two-way interaction between instructors and students.

Our Team

Robert Cribb

Director
Robert Cribb is an award-winning investigative reporter at the Toronto Star. In 2015, he won the Michener­ Deacon Fellowship for his proposal to establish NSIRN. Cribb teaches investigative reporting at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism and the University of Toronto.

Patti Sonntag

Director
Patti Sonntag is a managing editor in The New York Times’ News Services division. In 2016, she won the Michener-Deacon Fellowship for Journalism Education for her proposal to lead a class on an investigation into resource extraction companies.
Hear from students in Robert Cribb's investigative techniques course at Ryerson

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Student Investigative Co-Productions

Check out some examples of investigative co-productions from former Ryerson students
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