Reforming Local Crime Coverage: A Step-By-Step Look At Transforming Your Crime Coverage
Event Date: August 16, 2023
Event Time: 1:30 PM -3:00 PM EDT

Presented by: Kelly McBride, Poynter

Newsrooms across the United States are recognizing their approach to incremental crime coverage is a liability with the potential to alienate audience members.

The Poynter Institute has worked with more than 100 newsrooms to reform their coverage. In this workshop Poynter's Kelly McBride will walk you through a process for rethinking how newsrooms cover crime.

She'll start with a quick look back at how local news has covered crime and as a result shaped public policy. Then, she'll show you several examples from local broadcast newsrooms who've been through Poynter's longitudinal program designed to reshape their approach to covering public safety. This will include new policies and case studies from stories that were covered with a new approach. And she'll leave you with a step-by-step process that you can utilize in your community.

You will come away from this workshop with ideas of attainable first steps, as well as a vision for a deeper plan down the road. Reporters and producers will learn how to select which individual crimes to cover and which to pass on. Editors and news directors will learn how to better support reporters trying to provide the audience with more thorough information.

The webinar is offered at no cost to members of OAB, IBA and KBA, but registration is required.

Click HERE to access the on-demand recording of this session. The password to access the recording is: BroadcastersAssociation2023.