Covering Nebraska Courts

Professional Development Workshop Covering Nebraska Courts

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Three Friday afternoons from 12:30-5:20 p.m.
March 15, March 29 and April 5

Location: Andersen Hall, 200 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln, Nebraska
May include travel to the Lancaster County Courthouse

Program Cost: $295

About the workshop

This workshop will cover how Nebraska courts handle criminal cases from arrest through final appeal. The topics covered will include bond setting, arraignments, preliminary hearings, pre-trial hearings and motions, misdemeanor trials, felony trials, expanded media access to trial and appellate courts, sentencing and post-trial appeals. The workshop will be structured around presentations by police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and news reporters who will be able to discuss each step in the criminal process and answer questions from participants.

Who should attend?

Reporters who cover or expect to cover police and Nebraska courts as well as editors and news directors who supervise criminal justice reporters.

What to expect: 

Participants will attend and write about discussions and court proceedings happening in Lincoln, Nebraska. Workshop materials will include guides on how Nebraska courts operate and how the media can cover them. Materials are primarily drawn from the Nebraska Judiciary's website. 

Faculty Bio: Dr. John Bender

John Bender

John Bender, a professor of journalism in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, has taught at the college or university level for more than 30 years. In 2007, Bender received the College Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2011, he received the James A. Lake Academic Freedom Award for his work in promoting academic freedom in high school journalism programs, his teaching and his involvement in faculty governance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Bender is the lead author of "Reporting for the Media," one of the best-selling textbooks on news reporting and writing. He has also written papers on libel law, the U.S. Supreme Court's Gannett v. DePasquale decisions in 1979 and state laws on access to public records. He is working on a book about the U.S. Supreme Court's major decisions on media access to criminal proceedings. 

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Registration deadline is March 1, 2019.


Parking garages are available at 1317 Q St., 1300 P St., and 101 N. 14 St. Metered parking is also available. The lot on the east side of Andersen Hall is not available for public parking.


Haley Hamel
Business and Operations Manager