The Poynter Institute along with the Marshall Project and Vera are conducting four intensive two-day workshops in four cities to help journalists of all media cover stories about local jails. A grant from The MacArthur Foundation will cover tuition, hotel costs and most meals for journalists whose applications are accepted.
The workshops will be in New York City, Salt Lake City, Columbus, Ohio and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
It is anticipated that there will be far more applications than can be accommodated. The workshop announcement said their goal is for a diverse group at each workshop, with professional journalists with a variety of job titles, from a range of market sizes and ethnicity, along with other variables.
Local jails are overloaded, overused and are often warehouses for people who are not facing serious criminal charges. Poor, non-white prisoners are likely to be jailed the longest. These stories are also visual stories and the workshops intend to include photojournalists in the sessions. Applicants should mention that they are NPPA members in their applications.
Photojournalists are encouraged to apply for the workshops
While the grants cover the workshop tuition, travel expenses are up to the individuals or their organizations. A limited number of hardship scholarships for travel costs are available through Poynter. Applicants are asked to commit to attending the entire seminar, participating and taking your knowledge back to your newsroom, using it in your reporting and teaching others what you learn.
The workshops are expected to fill up quickly. Here are the dates:
New York City, New York: March 27-28, 2018 (Apply Here)/Apply by: March 2
Salt Lake City, Utah: April 11-12, 2018 (Apply Here)/Apply by: March 12
Columbus, Ohio: June 21-22, 2018 (Apply Here)/Apply by: May 21
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: August 1-2, 2018 (Apply Here)/Apply by: July 2