A Journalist's Guide to Covering Jails - New York, NY
Local jails are the gateway to the U.S. justice system. This free two-day, intensive journalism workshop in New York City, March 27-28, 2018, is focused on helping journalists cover jails in their communities. Our experts will help journalists find engaging stories and reliable data. The workshop will be practical, non-political and we hope will lead to aggressive and thoughtful coverage of this undercover but vitally important topic.

You must apply and be selected to attend. You must also commit to attending the entire seminar, participating and taking your knowledge back to your newsroom to teach others and using it in your reporting.

* Mon., March 26: Travel to NYC.
* Tues., March 27: 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
* Wed., March 28: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
** More logistics details will be sent to those selected to attend. Everyone will be notified of their status.

The Poynter Institute is partnering with the Vera Institute of Justice and The Marshall Project. The MacArthur Foundation will cover tuition, hotel and most meal expenses for all participants. We welcome U.S. journalists from all media, market sizes and experience levels.

APPLY BY: March 2

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Questions? Please email us at seminars@poynter.org.

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