IRE Student Sponsorship Program

IRE is committed to developing the next generation of investigative reporters by introducing more students to the organization. To do this, we need your help. Please consider sponsoring a $25 student membership on behalf of your alma mater, college media or for an intern at your news organization. You don’t have to know a current student, we’ll take care of that. Unless you prefer to remain anonymous, your name and the institution receiving the membership will be listed on IRE’s Web site.

If you decide to sponsor a student, please promote the program through social media. Use the hashtag #SponsorIRE and Tweet a link to this page.



become a sponsor


You can sponsor a student membership in two ways:

1. If you know a specific student you’d like to sponsor, click here to purchase the membership. The student will receive an email that you have sponsored their membership for one year. If they already have an active membership, it will be extended for another year. Click the button below for Individual Student Memberships:


2. If you don’t know a specific student but would like to donate a membership to your alma mater, college newspaper, TV or radio station, click here. IRE will work with J-school officials on campus to find a student match and they will receive an email that you have sponsored their membership for one year.

If you happen to know of a professor, adviser or student editor at your chosen organization, you can list their name and email on the form. This would be much appreciated, but is not necessary.  (Click the button below for Alma Mater, College Newspaper, University or Multi Memberships:


 If you have questions, or need assistance, please contact IRE membership coordinator John Green at or 573-882-2772


At the IRE Conference in San Francisco "I met top editors from newspapers of all shapes and sizes. I had one-on-one time with the editor of USA Today, the VP of Recruitment for Gannett and others. Most were impressed I was there before my junior year of college and that helped me build connections I've fostered since then. If you love journalism, are ambitious - yet humble - and want to write the story no one else is, IRE will open doors for you to achieve your dreams."
- Will Drabold, Ohio University

"The biggest thing I have benefitted from has been my ability to contact other journalists and IRE staff for help when I've found myself in a jam. After I started working on some of my first big data stories, I subscribed to the NICAR listserv so I could reach out and ask for a hand in learning Google Fusion tools, as well as other things. I've also taken advantage of several of the databases that IRE maintains, as well as the links to national databases, and the FOI resources page."
- Daniel DeMay, Bozeman Daily Chronicle
(Sponsored while attending Western Washington University)

"Attending NICAR this year was an amazing experience. It really opened my eyes up to what is possible, and the stories about how journalists dug into data to find and report on stories was enlightening. I was able to meet Brian Boyer in person, whose blog post in 2009 inspired me to change careers and get my masters in journalism."
- Chris Williams, Washington Post intern
(Sponsored while attending Northwestern University) 


student membership SPONSORS


Thanks to the 195 donors who have sponsored more than 430 students! Together, we can secure the future of IRE by introducing the journalists of tomorrow to this forum in which journalists throughout the world are encouraged to grow through training and helping each other. With this sharing of story ideas, newsgathering techniques, news sources and more, we are the collective family of IRE.

Donations made in 2015 are be listed below.


Mark Katches - The Oregonian (7 sponsorships)

Rachel Axon - St. Bonaventure University (3)

Lana Straub - KRTS Marfa Public Radio

Lindsey Anderson - American University

Joel Chow - Ohio University

Mark Obbie - Indiana University

Ryann Grochowski Jones - Brown University (1) and Kings College (1)

Ben Welsh - Morehouse College (2)

Eileen Sullivan - Villanova University

Jon Schleuss - University of Arkansas (2)

Jayme Fraser - University of Montana (2)

Steven Rich - Virginia Tech (4)

Rachel Roberts - University of Massachusetts Amherst

Christopher Baxter - Ithaca College (2)

Megan Luther - University of Wisconsin–River Falls (2)

Ryan Gabrielson - Arizona Daily Wildcat (2) and University of Arizona (2)

Nora Heaton - Daily Iowan, University of Iowa (2)

Brent Jones - Southern Illinois University - Carbondale (2)

Mary Pat Flaherty - Northwestern (1) and University of Pittsburgh (1)

Denny Wilkins - St. Bonaventure University

Danielle Ivory - Princeton University (2)

Ryan Martin - The Maneater, University of Missouri (2)

Andrea Fuller - The Stanford Daily, Stanford University

Tracy Berry - The Torch, Lane Community College (2)

Susan Swanberg – University of Arizona (2)

Curt Hills - University of Iowa

Meg Kissinger - The DePauw, DePauw University

Nick Penzenstadler - University of Wisconsin-Madison (2)

Kimberly Potts - The Post, Ohio University

Larry Gallup - University of Wisconsin-Madison (2)

Jillian Beck - Daily Bruin, University of California - Los Angeles (2)

Bob Salladay - University of California, Berkeley (4)

Ben Poston - University of Missouri (2)

Ziva Branstetter - Oklahoma State University

Dick Moss - Washington and Lee University (4)

Diego Aparicio - University of Texas at El Paso (1) and Metropolitan State University of Denver (1)

Megan Boehnke - Kentucky Kernel, University of Kentucky

Anjanette Rieger Delgado - University of Jamestown

Marco Villarreal - Brigham Young University

Janet Roberts - Daily Tar Heel, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ann Heppermann - 4 sponsorships

Kat Aaron - 4 sponsorships

Lisa Riordan Seville - 1 sponsorship

Shawn McIntosh - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (4)

Tyler Fisher - Northwestern University

Sarah Hutchins - Indiana University

Derek Willis - Georgetown University

Adam Schweigert - University of Wisconsin-Madison (1) & INN (1)

Lee Zurik - Syracuse University (2)

Glenn Howatt - University of Minnesota

Diego Aparicio - Metropolitan State University of Denver

Sarah Cohen - University of Maryland, College Park (2)

Noah Pransky - Boston University

Andrea Brambila - UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Gerry Lanosga - Indiana University (4)

April Burbank - The Wheaton Record, Wheaton College

Mary Specht - American University

Paul Berger - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Eva Parks - Southern Methodist University (2)

Tom Foster - Syracuse University

Kio Stark - 2 sponsorships

Mc Nelly Torres - Colorado State University-Pueblo (2)

Kris Van Cleave - University of Southern California

Charlie Haldeman - McNeese State University (2)

Scott Zamost - University of California, Berkeley

Wendy Halloran - Columbia University

T. Christian Miller - The Daily Californian (2) and University of California, Berkeley (8)

Daniel DeMay - Western Washington University

Siobhan Hughes - Northwestern University

Ellen Gabler - Emory University (2)

Lana Straub – Northwestern University

Coulter Jones – The Maneater, University of Missouri (2)

Rebekah L. Sanders - USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Allison Manning – The Daily Free Press, Boston University

Grant Smith - The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University (1) and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (1)

Will Evans - The Daily Californian, University of California, Berkeley

Jill Riepenhoff – Ohio University (2) and The Columbus Dispatch (2)

John Green – University of Missouri (4)

Kate Martin - College of Charleston

Kendall Taggart – University of Missouri

Martin Burch - CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (2)

Ben Wieder – University of Missouri

Jeff Feldman – Syracuse University (2)

Christopher Mele – New York University (1) and Miami Dade College (1)

Alex Richards – University of Missouri

Aisha Al-Muslim - CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (1) and The Meridian, Lehman College (1)

David Iversen – St. Cloud State University

Tom Meagher – University of Kansas (1) and Montclair State University (1)

Maggie Mulvihill – Boston University

Paul Overberg – Rutgers University (2)

Michael Canfield – SUNY Buffalo State

Andy Donohue – University of Minnesota

Robert  Amend – Metropolitan State University of Denver (2)

Joe Bruno – Elon University