The nation’s first investigative reporting center based at a university, the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism investigates significant social and political problems and human rights issues, and uncovers corporate and government abuses of power. Its journalists work primarily on three standing projects, or “beats”: the Political & Social Justice Project, which covers traditional “muckraking” subjects at the intersection of corporate, political and financial power, and which also includes a full-time reporter covering human trafficking & modern-day slavery; the Justice Brandeis Innocence Project, which investigates cases in which individuals who appear to have been wrongfully convicted are sentenced to life without parole; and the Gender & Justice Project, which examines unreported and under-reported injustices to women and children. The Schuster Institute covers local, national and international issues.



Office Location:Brandeis University, 415 South St., Goldfarb Library, MS 043 Waltham, MA

Independent reporting center based at Brandeis University


Florence Graves

Executive Director:

Florence Graves (executive editor)

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No (part of Brandeis University)

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The Schuster Institute adheres to the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics.

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The Schuster Institute follows Brandeis University’s diversity policy, available here:

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2010 Clarion Award for Newspaper Feature Story, Daily circulation of 500,000 or more; 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize; 2009 Clarion Award for Best Magazine Feature Article, Circulation between 100,000 and 500,000; 2009 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism honorable mention for Magazine Reporting; The Society of Professional Journalists’ 2008 Sigma Delta Chi Award and Bronze Medallion for Magazine Investigative Journalism; 2008 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism; 2008 Clarion Award for Best Magazine Feature Article,  Circulation of 100,000 or less; 2008 Special Honor for Excellence in Reporting on the Media from the Council on Contemporary Families; 2008 Clarion Award for Best Newspaper Feature Story, Daily circulation of 500,000 or more; 2007 Cushing Niles Dolbeare Media Award - Single Story: Daily Newspaper (circulation more than 100,000)

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