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Police and Crime Reporting: Part 1

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Slides from a class given at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication on 11th November 2015, covering why this beat matters, examples of different stories and top-level reporting/writing tips.

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Police and Crime Reporting: Part 1

  1. 1. Police'and' Crime'Reporting Damian'Radcliffe'/'Reporting'II'/' 11th November'2015
  2. 2. Another'broad'beat… ...But'one'which'brings'together'much'of'what'we'have'covered: 1. The&importance& of&having&good&contacts& 2. Knowing&which&sources&to&use&to&find/follow&stories 3. Live&reporting/blogging 4. Writing&against&the&clock&and&longerAform&storytelling 5. Court&reporting 6. Human&interest&perspectives 7. The&importance& of&description 8. A&subject&which&ties&into&the&core&purposes&of&journalism&(à la&Health)
  3. 3. 1. Data&Journalism 2. Obits 3. Social&media&for&news ...And'much'of'what'we'have'coming'up:
  4. 4. Why'this'matters
  5. 5. Reasons'include: • Holding&authority&to&account • Importance&of&justice&being&seen&to&be&served& • Identify&wrongdoing&(on&both&sides&of&the&law)& • Fulfils&our&thirst&for&news& • Reflects&trends • Understand&where&public&money&has&gone
  6. 6. 12'x'examples' +'case'studies
  7. 7. Breaking'News https://storify.com/homicidewatch/navyAyardAshootingAseptA16A2013
  8. 8. Recent'incidents http://www.oregonlive.com/gresham/index.ssf/2015/11/kidnapped_greatA grandma_says_s.html#incart_river_home
  9. 9. Fires,'Deaths,'Accidents http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/23/nyregion/fatalAbrooklynAapartmentAfireAwasAarsonApoliceAsay.html?_r=0
  10. 10. Police'cam'videos'/'Eyewitness'Media http://www.dallasnews.com/news/columnists/jacquielynnAfloyd/20150723AviralApoliceAvideosA haveAbecomeAourAculturalArorschachAtest.ece
  11. 11. OnPgoing'news'stories http://www.kezi.com/news/Public_Hea ring_for_Brian_Babb_Police_Involved_ Shooting_Tuesday.html?utm_medium= social&utm_source=twitter_KEZI9 http://www.kezi.com/news/Civilian_Re view_Board_Expresses_Concerns_in_B abb_Case.html
  12. 12. Data'Journalism http://www.dnainfo.com/newAyork/20120604/newAyorkAcity/portAauthorityAisAtopAstopAandAfriskA hotspotAregardlessAofArace#ixzz1wrTXMVW5
  13. 13. http://thestolenones.heraldtribune.com/default.aspx Traditional'investigative'reporting
  14. 14. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/04/mentalAhealthAcrisisAmacA mcclellandAcousinAmurder?page=1 Issues'based'journalism
  15. 15. Human'Interest http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewmcmillen/theAconstableAofA birdsville?utm_source=nextdraft&utm_medium=email#.oy2Y24rpwN
  16. 16. Human'Interest'followPup http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p014ys4b
  17. 17. Personal'stories'/'(non)'Human'Interest http://thisiscriminal.com/episodeA29AofficerAtalonA10A30A2015/
  18. 18. Celeb'misdemeanors'
  19. 19. Exercise Working&in&pairs,&review&the&story& I&give&you&(20&mins). Share&with&the&class: • What&the&story&is&about • What&type&of&journalism&it&is • Why&the&piece&is/isn’t&effective • Highlight&and&read&out&2A3& particularly&powerful&paragraphs • Other&useful&lessons&from&the&piece
  20. 20. Tips'+'Recommendations
  21. 21. Reporting • Know&your&“Sunshine&Laws” • Use&official&records&e.g.&arrest&report • Get&quotes • Visit&the&scene&if&you&can • DoubleAcheck&facts • Recognize&you&may&get&different&interpretations&(and&acknowledge& them) • Know&your&media&e.g.&release&of&names
  22. 22. Tell'the'facts.'Don’t'jump'to'conclusions. Good Er,'not'so'good… A&23AyearAold&man&fell&to&his&death&from&an&office& block&in&the&Central&Business&District&today. Police&believe&that&telephonist Andrew&Waiwa fell&from&the&top&floor&of&the&10Astorey&Telecom& Building&in&Garone Street&at&midday. They&say&they&are&treating&his&death&as&suspicious& and&are&questioning&one&of&Mr Waiwa's colleagues&about&it. A"Telecom"employee"pushed"a"colleague"out"of"a" top3floor"window"in"a"city"office"block"today. Telephonist Andrew"Waiwa fell"ten"floors"after" being"pushed"out"of"the"Telecom"Building"on" Garone Street"in"the"Central"Business"District." Police"are"questioning"his"killer. Via:&http://www.thenewsmanual.net/Manuals%20Volume%202/volume2_38.htm
  23. 23. Writing'style • Inverted&pyramid;&especially& for&news&and&report&based&stories. • Keep&it&simple. • Try&and&avoid&clichés.&You’re&better&than&that. !“Blood&curdling&scream” !“Pool&of&blood” !“Loud&explosion” !“Brutal&slaying” !“Ambulance&rushed&to&the&scene”
  24. 24. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs /crimeAscene/post/arrestAafterAfatalA morningAstabbingAinAsoutheastA dc/2012/06/04/gJQAjAQEEV_blog.html
  25. 25. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/d c4murder4victim4spoke4of4plans4to4end4 friendship4with4accused4 killer/2012/08/15/04c787844e70d411e148f624 58260e3940a0_story.html
  26. 26. https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/607585/cydrisseAalvinAindictment.pdf
  27. 27. http://homicidewatch.org/2014/03/05/cydrisseAalvinA sentencedAtoA35AyearsAforAkillingAbestAfriendAamberAkent/
  28. 28. SeeFyouFthen! • Crime&Sources • Data • Sources&for&inspiration

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