A Journalist’s Guide to Covering Jails – Minneapolis (September 2022)

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A Journalist’s Guide to Covering Jails – Minneapolis (September 2022)

This intensive two-day workshop in Minneapolis will focus on understanding the causes and consequences of local jail incarceration and explore ways that communities are addressing the issue.

Apply by July 1, 2022.

We will also host a version of this workshop in St. Petersburg, Florida, in June and in Memphis in July.

September 8, 2022– September 9, 2022

Overview

  • Attend this free Poynter workshop at the University of Minnesota’s Pillsbury Hall in Minneapolis.
  • Become a better informed, more thoughtful reporter covering hot-button justice issues in your community.
  • Go beyond covering daily spot news to dig deeper and write enterprise stories.
  • Learn from experts on incarceration, criminal justice, addiction, justice policy and journalism.
  • Apply as soon as you know this program is for you. The deadline is July 1, 2022.

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Learning Outcomes

Throughout the workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Deeply report stories about your local jail, including who’s in jail and why
  • Explore efforts nationwide to reform policing and justice systems
  • Generate solid story ideas based on new data and trends in local jails
  • Understand the effects of your reporting on formerly incarcerated people
  • Consider new and diverse sources for your reporting
  • Surface meaningful solutions in your community

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Overview

  • Attend this free Poynter workshop at the University of Minnesota’s Pillsbury Hall in Minneapolis.
  • Become a better informed, more thoughtful reporter covering hot-button justice issues in your community.
  • Go beyond covering daily spot news to dig deeper and write enterprise stories.
  • Learn from experts on incarceration, criminal justice, addiction, justice policy and journalism.
  • Apply as soon as you know this program is for you. The deadline is July 1, 2022.

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Local jails are the gateway to the U.S. justice system, but they are overloaded, overused and under-covered by resource-strapped journalists.

While local jails were intended to house people who were deemed to be a societal danger or flight risk before trial, they have become warehouses — often for people who have not been convicted of a crime and cannot afford to bail themselves out. In many cities, jails are increasingly filled with women, juveniles, immigrants and people who suffer from addictions and mental illness.

This intensive two-day workshop will focus on understanding the causes and consequences of local jail incarceration and explore some ways that communities are addressing the issue. Poynter’s experts and experienced journalists will help reporters find engaging stories and reliable data so they can provide aggressive and thoughtful coverage of this vitally important topic. The sessions will be practical, inspiring and non-political. You can expect to return to your newsroom with a notebook full of specific, local story ideas and confidence in your ability to report them.

Three workshops around the country

We will take this workshop on the road to three cities in 2022 to make it easier for you to get to us. Each location gives us the opportunity to include local experts and focus on unique issues. 

In addition to this workshop in Minneapolis, we will also host a workshop in St. Petersburg, Florida, in June and in Memphis in July.

Testimonials

This workshop is part of the effort Poynter began four years ago to help journalists cover jails and incarceration in the United States. With our funder, MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge, and our partners at the Vera Institute of Justice and The Marshall Project, Poynter has reached over 1,000 journalists in at least 45 states with practical and expert teaching on jails in the United States. We have taught in-person workshops from coast to coast and border to border including Dallas, New York, New Orleans, Detroit, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Saint Petersburg, Baltimore, Columbus. Here’s what some of our participants have had to say:

This workshop gave insight on a side of our justice system that we cover, but rarely consider. It gave me a fresh perspective on what goes on behind bars, and how improving our jails can actually improve society.

Learning the data I believe was most important. With that knowledge, I can localize the national numbers and trends to my own coverage area. 

I have written a lot of jail stories, but this workshop really demonstrated some other and better ways to hit on the bail/bond, jail population and other issues by using data and public records to identify the people it affects.

Questions?

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

This in-person workshop will take place Sept. 8 through Sept. 9, 2022, at the University of Minnesota’s Pillsbury Hall in Minneapolis. Data-driven presentations, first-person perspectives and big picture conversations will be balanced with opportunities to talk, connect and think deeply about jails and justice. 

Schedule is subject to change.

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022

9-9:15 a.m.—  Introduction (Al Tompkins, Poynter)

9:15-10:45 a.m. — Trends: Who’s in and who’s out (Elizabeth Swavola, Vera Institute of Justice)

10:45-11 a.m. — Break

11-12:15 p.m. — Does bail reform lead to higher crime? (TBA)

12:15-1:30 p.m. — Lunch at Poynter 

1:30-3:00 p.m. — Treating addictions during incarceration (Dr. Lipi Roy, Medical Director of Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Transitional Housing Sites at Housing Works, New York City)

3:00-3:15 p.m. — Break

3:15-4:30 p.m. — Story ideas for everybody, everywhere (Wanda Bertram, Prison Policy Initiative) 

4:30 p.m. — Adjourn

Friday, Sept. 9, 2022

9-10:30 a.m. — The words we choose, the images we use in covering jails and justice (Dr. Sarah Lageson, Rutgers) 

10:30-10:45 a.m. — Break

10:45-Noon— A view from inside the system from a person who lived it and now covers it (Lawrence Bartley, The Marshall Project) 

Noon-1:15 p.m. — Lunch at Poynter

1:15-2:45 p.m. — Tracking the promises for reforms- (Jamiles Lartey, The Marshall Project) 

2:45-3 p.m. — Closing 

3 p.m. — End

Who should apply

The workshop is open to professional journalists of all descriptions in the United States. This includes reporters who cover criminal justice, assignment editors, government reporters, general assignment, health (mental health) reporters, photojournalists and editors. We will look for a rich mix of applications from various media, market size and years of experience.

Participants in 2019 came from 34 states and from news organizations as diverse as the Chattanooga Times Free Press, CNN, HuffPost, Fort Myers Free-Press, The State, Univision, Toledo Blade, USA TODAY, WGN-TV and WEWS in Cleveland, Ohio.

We will receive far more applications than we can accommodate in these programs. Our goal is to be as diverse as possible, including job title, market size, big cities, rural areas, ethnicity, etc.

Apply as soon as you know this learning would benefit your coverage and can get the time away to attend. If you are a good fit for the program and we can’t offer you a seat for your preferred city, we will make an attempt to move you to another city. The deadline is July 1, 2022.

Cost

Tuition is free, thanks to The MacArthur Foundation. 

Poynter will select 40 out-of-town participants for whom we will provide free hotel accommodations. Out-of-town participants are responsible for their travel expenses other than the hotel, though some travel scholarships are available. If you want to request a flight scholarship, email us at info@poynter.org after you apply. Otherwise, out-of-pocket expenses for in-person participants will be minimal: breakfast is free at the hotel and lunch is included at Poynter.

Instructors

Lead Faculty

  • Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
    Al Tompkins
    Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
    Al Tompkins is The Poynter Institute’s senior faculty for broadcasting and online. He has taught thousands of journalists, journalism students and educators in newsrooms around...
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Guest Faculty

  • Lawrence Bartley
    Director, "News Inside" at The Marshall Project
    Lawrence Bartley is the director of “News Inside,” the print publication of The Marshall Project which is distributed in hundreds of prisons and jails throughout...
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  • Wanda Bertram
    Communications Strategist, Prison Policy Initiative
    Wanda Bertram is Prison Policy Initiative's Communications Strategist. Wanda is a graduate of the University of Washington, where her focus on national security sparked her...
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  • Dr. Sarah Lageson
    Associate Professor at Rutgers University-Newark School of Criminal Justice
    Sarah Lageson is sociologist who studies criminal legal systems, law, privacy, surveillance, and tech. Her research examines the growth of online crime data, mugshots, and...
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  • Jamiles Lartey
    Staff Writer, The Marshall Project
    Jamiles Lartey is a New Orleans-based staff writer for The Marshall Project. Previously, he worked as a reporter for the Guardian covering issues of criminal...
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  • Dr. Lipi Roy
    Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine Physician
    Dr. Lipi Roy currently serves as the Medical Director of COVID Isolation and Quarantine Sites for Housing Works in New York City. As the former...
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  • Elizabeth Swavola
    Project Director, Jail Decarceration, Vera Institute
    Liz is a project director of Vera’s jail decarceration efforts. She provides technical assistance and training to local jurisdictions seeking to implement data-driven criminal justice...
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