Crime Coverage Summit: New Orleans
Beyond 'If It Bleeds, It Leads': Collaboratively Building Better Coverage
Hyatt Centric French Quarter New Orleans819 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70112-2305
* Registration open until 1/9/24 at 11:59 PM (EST)
The 2024 Crime Coverage Summit: New Orleans will gather broadcast news leaders and journalists to think critically and work collaboratively to address crime coverage in TV news. This education and training opportunity from RTDNA and the National Press Foundation is designed to help journalists build on successful crime coverage tactics in their newsrooms and throughout the industry.
We'll examine coverage of race and juveniles, gun violence, dealing with police, mental health in your newsroom and more, mixing in training from experts with peer-to-peer sharing and collaboration.
The 2024 Crime Coverage Summit: New Orleans will be held Jan. 17-19 at the Hyatt Centric French Quarter New Orleans. Registration is just $25, and travel scholarships, supported by a sponsorship from Arnold Ventures and administered by RTDNA, are available. Capacity for both registration and scholarships is limited.
RTDNA and NPF are solely responsible for summit programming.
The 2024 Crime Coverage Summits build off the success of the 2023 Summit, which drew rave reviews. When asked on a scale of 1-10 if they would recommend this event in the future, attendees gave the 2023 Crime Coverage Summit an average score of 9.48. In a column for TVNewsCheck, Emily Barr wrote “summits like this one have the power to effect real change.”
Barr said she had been thinking a lot about the way TV news covers crime and suggested there must be a better way. “Thanks to the National Press Foundation, the Radio Television Digital News Association and Arnold Ventures, I believe a new path is being forged.”
We hope you will join us on that journey!
Subject to Change
Wednesday, Jan. 17
6:30 - 8 p.m. // Welcome Happy Hour
Thursday, Jan. 18
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. // Breakfast & Keynote Address
Alberto R. Gonzalez, Former U.S. Attorney General
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. // Dealing with Police
Tony Plohetski, National Murrow winner, Investigative Reporter, KVUE and Austin American Statesman
10:55 - 11:55 a.m. // Collaborate: Dealing with Police
12 - 1:30 p.m. // Lunch & Fireside Chat with Local Law Enforcement
Moderator: Darryl Forges, Anchor, WDSU
Jason Williams, District Attorney, Orleans Parish
Anne Kirkpatrick, Superintendent, New Orleans Police Department
Additional speakers To Be Announced
1:45 - 2:45 p.m. // Covering Race
Alanah Odoms, Executive Director, ACLU Louisiana
3 - 4 p.m. // Coverage of Juveniles
Ranord Darensburg, Chief Judge, New Orleans Juvenile Court System
4:15 - 5:15 p.m. // Collaborate: Race and Juvenile Justice Coverage
Friday, Jan. 19
8:00 a.m. // Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. // Bias Barrier: Covering Missing Persons
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. // Collaborate: Gun Violence
12 - 1 p.m. // Lunch & Mental Health in Your Newsroom
Speaker To Be Announced
1 - 1:30 p.m. // Closing