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A Journalist’s Guide to Covering Jails — Minneapolis

August 4, 2020 - August 5, 2020


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.

For the third year in a row, Poynter is partnering with The Marshall Project and the Vera Institute of Justice to bring this popular workshop to journalists in different cities across the U.S. This work is again made possible through the support of the MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge.


FREE for selected applicants. Learn more here.


August 4, 2020
August 5, 2020
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Poynter News University
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University of Minnesota
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