Transforming Crime Reporting Into Public Safety Journalism (May 2022)

$500.00

Application is closed

Transforming Crime Reporting Into Public Safety Journalism (May 2022)

This online seminar will guide local journalists through a process to reimagine crime reporting. With input from your newsroom’s leadership team, you’ll craft a strategy to elevate your public safety reporting to better serve your audience.

Deadline extended: Apply by midnight on Monday, April 18.

May 10, 2022– August 2, 2022

Overview

  • Improve your newsroom’s capacity by working with realistic case studies and organization-specific homework.
  • Receive individual feedback and consulting from ethics chair, Kelly McBride.
  • Apply and attend as a team, including one front-line journalist and one manager with the ability to influence policy.
  • Application deadline: April 18, 2022. Limited need-based scholarships are available.

$500.00

Application is closed
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Learning Outcomes

Transform the way your newsroom thinks about crime and community:

  • From “if it bleeds it leads” to prioritizing public safety
  • From episodic to ongoing
  • From superficial to deep
  • From a law enforcement narrative to a community narrative

$500.00

Application is closed

Overview

  • Improve your newsroom’s capacity by working with realistic case studies and organization-specific homework.
  • Receive individual feedback and consulting from ethics chair, Kelly McBride.
  • Apply and attend as a team, including one front-line journalist and one manager with the ability to influence policy.
  • Application deadline: April 18, 2022. Limited need-based scholarships are available.

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In many communities, coverage of crime amplifies existing inequity and harms underrepresented communities. Rather than focusing on sensational crime and disadvantaged communities, local newsrooms could invest existing resources in documenting trends and holding law enforcement accountable.

This new online group seminar from the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership at Poynter will help local newsrooms fix crime reporting by embracing the best practices of public safety journalism.

Two people from each newsroom should participate: a frontline reporter or producer responsible for police and crime news and an editor or manager who can influence editorial policies. Together, they will analyze the newsroom’s existing habits around crime coverage. They will reconsider the purpose of their crime coverage and identify stories that accomplish that purpose. Working in two-week sprints, participants will build consensus in their newsroom for a new approach to crime coverage and propose improvements to practices and policies.

After participating in this training, participating newsrooms will:

  • Understand what information helps citizens manage their personal safety
  • Report on crime trends, including crime resolution rates
  • Recognize why law enforcement points journalists to certain types of crime
  • Identify public policies that are harmful or inadequate
  • Inform the public of how they can influence those policies and practices
  • Report on trends by demographics, zip codes evenly and equitably so that people truly understand their absolute and relative risks in different areas
  • Draw deeper connections between crime and mental health, economics, education, housing policies, addiction

Questions?

If you need assistance, please email us at info@poynter.org.

This online group seminar takes place May 10 through Aug. 2, with live sessions every other Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. We hope you can join us live to ask questions, talk with fellow participants and contribute your good ideas to the conversation. Sessions will be recorded and available in the course to replay.

May

Session 1: Tuesday, May 10, 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern time  

How to change and why (building your mission)

Guest faculty: Cheryl Thompson-Morton, Michael Killian

Session 2: Tuesday, May 24: 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern time    

Building consensus within your news organization

Guest faculty: Cheryl Thompson-Morton

June 

Session 3: Tuesday, June 7: 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern time  

Changing your relationship with the cops

Guest faculty: Mike Canan

Session 4: Tuesday, June 21: 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern time    

Getting data and making it useful

Guest faculty: Michael McCarter, Michael Killian

July

Session 5: Tuesday, July 5: 1-2:30 p.m. EST 

Fixing the past – taking down and altering past content

Guest faculty: Jason Tuohey

Session 6: Tuesday, July 19: 1-2:30 p.m. EST  

Addressing special problems (rising crime, sexual assault, sensational events)

Guest faculty: Carroll Bogert, Chris Sheridan

August

Session 7: Tuesday, Aug. 2: 1-2:30 p.m. EST  

Final progress update

Who should apply

This training is designed to initiate structural and cultural change within newsrooms; only news organizations with executive-level support and participation will succeed. A minimum of two participants from each newsroom is required, including a senior leader and a journalist who covers crime, justice, cops or courts. 

We can accommodate multiple participants from each newsroom. We would welcome editors, reporters, visual journalists, audience engagement strategists and marketing staffers who touch some aspect of traditional crime coverage AND represent a cross section of the community your newsroom serves. Please consider generation, race, gender, sexual orientation and other varied life experiences when selecting the right team. 

Application process

The process to apply is straightforward and simple. No letter of recommendation or reference is required. Please be prepared to answer questions about your professional experience, areas of interest and basic demographic information.

However, you must prepare your application in conjunction with your newsroom partner. You will list both (or all) names and titles in the same application. 

The deadline to apply is April 18, 2022. Please apply as soon as you know this program is for you and you have your newsroom buy-in; there will be rolling admissions.

Cost

Tuition for this program is $500 per newsroom. This includes more than 10 hours of live instruction and personalized feedback on your progress from Poynter senior vice president Kelly McBride. A minimum of two people must participate on behalf of your newsroom, though we can accommodate more.

Limited need-based scholarships are available. Request a scholarship in the application form.

Instructors

Lead Faculty

  • Kelly McBride
    Senior Vice President and Chair of Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership
    Kelly McBride is a journalist, consultant and one of the country’s leading voices on media ethics and democracy. She is senior vice president and chair...
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Guests

  • Carroll Bogert
    President, Marshall Project
    Carroll Bogert is president of The Marshall Project. Bogert was previously deputy executive director at Human Rights Watch, running its award-winning global media operations. Before...
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  • Mike Canan
    Director of Journalism Strategies, Scripps Howard Foundation
    Mike Canan is the Director of Journalism Strategies for the Scripps Howard Foundation. Mike has led digital, print and broadcast newsrooms for 15 years. Mike...
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  • Michael Kilian
    Executive editor, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
    Michael Killian guides Democrat and Chronicle in Greater Rochester. He is the first locally born top editor of the Democrat and Chronicle since Joseph T....
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  • Michael McCarter
    Managing Editor, Standards, Ethics and Inclusion, USA Today
    McCarter previously served as executive editor of Evansville Courier & Press of the USA TODAY Network, and also coordinated coverage with editors and reporters across...
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  • Chris Sheridan
    Leadership Consultant; Professor, Wake University
    Chris is a coach, educator and storyteller who knows that getting to the right answer starts with asking the right question.  After 20+ years in...
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  • Cheryl Thompson-Morton
    Black Media Initiative Director for the Center for Community Media at the Newmark J-School
    In her role as Black Media Initiative Director for the Center for Community Media at the Newmark J-School, Cheryl Thompson-Morton works to support Black media...
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  • Jason Tuohey
    Managing Editor, Digital, The Boston Globe
    Tuohey has been the editor of BostonGlobe.com since the site launched in 2011. BostonGlobe.com has received numerous honors in that time, including the Online News...
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