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On the Beat: Covering the Courts

The court beat involves criminal, civil, family and juvenile court cases. There are also federal courts, including immigration. The journalists on this panel will share tips on covering the most newsworthy trials and finding stories at the courthouse that you may not know are happening. Learn how to build trust and find sources among judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, public defenders and more. Find out the basics you need to know to cover a trial before it gets started, including plea bargains and motions to throw out a case.