The largest gift in Media School history at Indiana University will launch an independent investigative journalism center in the fall of 2019. The Media School received the $6 million gift from Michael Arnolt of Indianapolis.
The Michael I. Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism will focus on teaching and producing investigative journalism in Indiana and elsewhere. The 1967 IU graduate spent his first five years after college as a reporter for the Elkhart Truth before co-founding Graston Technique, a physical therapy method used across the world.
"I’m thrilled 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’ve all recently been reminded of the need for strong and independent investigative journalism. Michael Arnolt shares this recognition with us and is helping us take a strong step toward producing great journalism and training great journalists."
The center will make its work available at no cost to local, regional and national news media. Stories will be distributed through professional networks. Plans call for the initial funding to provide fellowships for up to four graduate students and scholarships for up to 10 undergraduates. The center will be led by a director to provide editorial guidance for the students. A search for a director begins September 7. The gift counts toward the $3 billion For All: Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign.