Can We Cover Violence Differently? Better? More In-Depth?

Yes, we can. We can do a better job covering the story that has touched us this summer.

And, I think, we’ve been doing a better job.

But somehow I sense that so much more could be done, that so many more strings of information could be followed, so that so many more answers could be spelled out.

That’s why I think an upcoming workshop on covering violence, sponsored by the McCormick Foundation, is something you need to consider. The resources are great and the potential for walking away better prepared is tremendous.

Here’s the details. But don’t wait. The deadline for applying is Oct. 1. If you have questions, talk to me,
Covering Youth Violence:
Lessons from the Front Lines
October 25-26, 2012
University Center, Chicago
Sponsored by the McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute program

The city of Chicago has made national headlines in the past few months because of an alarming epidemic of gun violence involving young people.  Community leaders, educators and police officials have been trying to stem this violence with innovative approaches both inside and outside of schools.  This two-day workshop will look at some of those efforts and talk about how reporters can cover youth violence in a sophisticated way.

Speakers include Alex Kotlowitz, producer of The Interrupters, a film about gang violence; Carl Bell, M.D., of the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Jens Ludgwig, director of The University of Chicago Crime Lab; Theodore Corbin, M.D., co-director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice in Philadelphia, and John Sullivan of the Medill School at Northwestern University, the lead reporter on The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series about violence in the Philadelphia schools.
This Columbia Journalism School workshop is intended for justice, mental health and education reporters.
Hotel rooms provided for 20 out-of-town applicants.

Apply online here.

photo by Carlos Javier Ortiz



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