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Crime Coverage Summit: Philadelphia

Crime Coverage Summit: Philadelphia

Beyond 'If It Bleeds, It Leads': Collaboratively Building Better Coverage

Monday, January 8, 2024 to Wednesday, January 10, 2024
6 Seats Remaining

* Registration open until 1/4/24 at 3:59 PM (EST)

Event Details

The 2024 Crime Coverage Summit: Philadelphia 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: Philadelphia will be held Jan. 8-10 at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia. 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! 

Tentative Schedule
Subject to Change

Monday, Jan. 8

6:30 - 8 p.m. // Welcome Happy Hour 

Tuesday, Jan. 9

8:00 - 9:30 a.m. // Breakfast & Keynote Address
Rachel Rossi, Director, Access to Justice Office, U.S. Department of Justice

9:45 - 10:45 a.m. // Dealing with Police
Gabriel Escobar, Editor and Senior Vice President, Philadelphia Inquirer; Kristen Johanson, Crime and Justice Reporter, KYW Newsradio

10:55 - 11:55 a.m. // Collaborate: Dealing with Police

12 - 1:30 p.m. // Lunch & Fireside Chat with Law Enforcement Officials 
Chuck Wexler, Executive Director, Police Executive Research Forum 
Charles Ramsey, former Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department
Larry Krasner, District Attorney of Philadelphia
Cathy Milhoan, Assistant Director, FBI's Office of Public Affairs

1:45 - 2:45 p.m. // Covering Race
Gary Fields, National Editor/Reporter, The Associated Press
Cassie Owens, News Voices: Philadelphia Program Manager

3 - 4 p.m. // Coverage of Juveniles
Bianca van Heydoorn, Executive Director, Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project

4:15 - 5:15 p.m. // Collaborate: Race and Juvenile Justice Coverage

Wednesday, Jan. 10

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. // Breakfast & Documentary

9:45 - 10:45 a.m. // Gun Violence
Yvonne Latty, Director of the Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting at Temple University
Jessica Beard, Research Director, Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting
Oronde McClain, Newsroom Liaison, Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting
Jim MacMillan, Founder and Director, Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. // Mental Health in Your Newsroom
Gretchen Schmelzer, Senior Associate, Teleos Leadership Institute

12 - 1 p.m. // Lunch & Collaborate

1 - 1:30 p.m. // Closing

For More Information:

Chris Vachon
Chris Vachon
Director of Partnerships Radio Television Digital News Association (317)371-6780



A limited number of travel scholarships are available for participants who need assistance with the cost of their flight/hotel. Priority will be given to journalists working in television newsrooms. Scholarships are funded by a sponsorship from Arnold Ventures and administered by RTDNA. 

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