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  • The Filmed Blue Line: How to Get Body and Dash Cam Footage in a Post-Floyd Era
    Joy Ramsingh, Attorney, Ramsingh Legal (@mjoyramsingh) Joy Ramsingh’s national law practice focuses on government transparency issues. Prior to establishing her firm, Joy served as appellate/Amicus Curiae counsel at the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records, where she also issued hundreds of binding legal opinions in public records appeals. Above all, Joy loves a good FOIA war story.
    The Filmed Blue Line: How to Get Body and Dash Cam Footage in a Post-Floyd Era
    The power of dash and body cam footage is indisputable — one cellphone video sparked a global movement in police accountability. Obtaining this footage allows you to tell the stories that deserve to be told. This session teaches you how these records requests differ from others and gives you practical tools to handle them. Learn to spot request pitfalls, anticipate common agency responses and master compelling arguments to rebut denials. Understand how to preserve appeal deadlines and how to handle delayed responses. Experience a mock agency/requester negotiation session and leave prepared to get footage you need.
  • How to Investigate the Privatization of Public Services
    • Jeremy Mohler, Communications Director, In the Public Interest (@futuredebris) Jeremy Mohler is communications director of In the Public Interest, a national nonprofit research and policy organization that studies public goods and services and advocates for a government that works for all of us.
    • Tony Messenger, Metro Columnist, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Tony Messenger is the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's metro columnist. His first book, "Profit and Punishment: How America Criminalizes the Poor in the Name of Poverty," was published in December 2021.
    • Angélica Serrano-Román, State Tax Policy Reporter, Bloomberg Tax Angélica Serrano-Román covers state tax policy for Bloomberg Tax. Before joining Tax, she worked as a reporter and web editor for Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism.
    • Jeff Bryant, Advocacy Journalist and Director, Education Opportunity Network Jeff Bryant is an advocacy journalist and director of the Education Opportunity Network, a strategy and messaging center for progressive education policy.
    How to Investigate the Privatization of Public Services
    Across the country, federal agencies and state and local governments are accelerating the pace of privatization. From water systems to public schools, virtually every type of public service and asset is being shifted to private control. While some claim the private sector is more efficient than government, outsourcing has often resulted in corruption, cost overruns, service failures, less transparency and greater inequality. In this session, journalists will share tactics from their investigations of privatization in public education, the criminal justice system and economic development.
  • Lehman College – City Limits Journalism Collaborative
    • Jim Carney, Assistant Professor, Lehman College – City University of New York, (@JimCarney57) Carney teaches Journalism at Lehman College, earned his BA at Fordham and DJ’d at WFUV-FM. At Time Warner Cable, he earned multiple CableAces & Emmys and later led Bronxnet Community TV before joining Lehman. Carney also served as founding Academic Director of the CUNY Online Baccalaureate, Media Communications & Society.
    • Daniel Parra, Spanish Language Editor, City Limits (@dparramejia) Daniel Parra, City Limits' Spanish-language editor/reporter, is a seasoned investigative reporter from Colombia. He has worked as a freelancer for more than seven years and has covered war, politics, religion, culture, fashion, and beers. Daniel loves poetry, short stories, and long-form journalism.
    • Victor Martinez, Lehman College Journalism Student Victor Marinez is a Journalism Major at Lehman College-CUNY in The Bronx. He is a writer who is obsessed with storytelling, whether that be journalism or fiction. He believes there is no greater feeling than sharing a good story with the world.
    • Valeria Martinez, Lehman College Journalism Student Valeria Martinez is a Journalism Major at Lehman College-CUNY, a first generation college student and an immigrant from Mexico. She is passionate about her career in Journalism. Martinez is not only determined, but more than willing to take the extra step to get a story done.
    Lehman College – City Limits Journalism Collaborative
    The Bronx is the seventh largest U.S. municipality by population according to the U.S. Census, yet it has minimal coverage of news and politics as a borough of New York City. This urban news desert is ignored by large mainstream media, leaving a vastly underserved population with small grassroots journalism organizations struggling to serve them. The Lehman City Limits Collaborative draws on the lived experiences of journalism students from the Bronx and the credibility and reach of an established online news operation to fill this void. This curriculum-based project prepares and equips new urban journalists to report on their neglected communities.
  • Disinformation and the Decline of Democracy: Practical Things Journalists Can Do
    • Bey-Ling Sha, Dean, College of Communication, California State University, Fullerton; @DrSha At Cal State Fullerton, Bey-Ling Sha, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA (she/her) is Dean of the College of Communications, the only academic communications college in the 23-campus system of the California State University. The mission of the College of Communications is to prepare communicators to advance democratic society.
    • Mariana De Maio, Assistant Professor, Lehigh University Originally from Argentina, Dr. De Maio has worked as a reporter and editor in radio, television, print, and online news outlets. She started a weekly Spanish publication for Gannett in the heart of South Jersey to serve the regional Hispanic community and currently researches disinformation in Spanish-language media.
    • Dave Scholz, Executive Vice President, Leger; @dave_scholz Based in Toronto, Dave Scholz has more than 25 years' experience in public opinion and marketing research. He serves of the board of trustees of the Institute for Public Relations, which since 2000 has produced an annual report on Disinformation in Society. https://instituteforpr.org/2022-disinformation-report/
    Disinformation and the Decline of Democracy: Practical Things Journalists Can Do
    The increasing prevalence of disinformation and misinformation are negatively impacting democratic processes, as voter education declines, civic distrust deepens and partisan divides grow. Against this landscape, journalists have tools at their disposal to fight against disinformation and to mitigate misinformation. Panelists will review the extent of the disinformation problem, provide examples of disinformation’s impacts on democratic processes and offer recommendations for what journalists can do to strengthen the democracy on which the foundation of a free press depends.
  • Get the Scoop: How to Win Over Sources and Break News on Your Beat
    • Rebecca Baker, Editor at Large, @msbakerrebecca Rebecca Baker, a former SPJ president, is an editor for the Bloomberg Industry Group. She has managed reporters covering courts, law, government, and the environment. She has spent the first half of her career as a beat reporter for newspapers in Ohio, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.
    • Stephen Lee, reporter, @sklee_ca Stephen Lee covers environment for the Bloomberg Industry Group and routinely scoops the competition on news about the Environmental Protection Agency. His previous beats have included Silicon Valley, the telecom industry, and the Labor Department. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the Washington Post.
    • Madison Alder, reporter, @madialder Madison Alder covers the judiciary for the Bloomberg Industry Group where she routinely breaks news on legislation and and judicial nominations, among other topics. She previously covered health policy and employee benefits issues and is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.
    Get the Scoop: How to Win Over Sources and Break News on Your Beat
    How do you get people to tell you what’s really going on behind the scenes — thestuff that elected officials, CEOs and others in power don’t want you to know? It’s all about finding the right sources, making the connection and getting them to talk — and to keep talking. This session will offer practical tips and real-world guidance that will help you break news, scoop the competition and become a newsroom standout.