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Thursday, August 18 • 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Local Investigative Reporting on a Shoestring ($)

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Most community news operations focus on reporting "breaking news" essentially recounting events for the general public without really digging into the issues surrounding them. Answering the who, what, when, and where questions of stories without addressing the why and how. A big reason for the prevalence of that kind of "this happened" journalism is budget.

It takes time and money to do more in-depth investigative reporting in your city or town. Most PEG access stations can't even afford the professional staff time necessary to manage volunteers to run regular local news roundups, let alone do any independent journalism. So the thought of investing in producing investigative stories is completely off of the vast majority of stations' radar.

However, a new wave of nonprofit reporting initiatives nationwide is showing that it's possible to produce high-quality, in-depth journalism with community support for a fraction of the cost of similar work produced by major commercial and public news outlets. In this workshop, the staff of the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalismwill walk you through the basics of how to: put together an investigative reporting unit, identify potential investigative news stories, raise money for reporting, producing the stories, publicize the finished product, and engaging your community in discussing the issues at stake. You'll walk away with a solid idea of how you can take your station from having little impact in community affairs to playing a leading role in shaping public discourse on key events of the day.


Chris Faraone

Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism
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Jason Pramas

Network Director, Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism
Jason is a photojournalist with over 30 years experience and author of the syndicated column Apparent Horizon. He holds an MFA in Visual Arts and is also an artist, educator, and longtime labor-community organizer.

Thursday August 18, 2016 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Commonwealth AB

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