How to report on Nebraska’s trial courts

Alumni and Industry Workshop How to report on Nebraska’s trial courts

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About the Workshop

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications and Nebraska Public Media will offer a two-hour panel discussion on covering Nebraska courts for the state’s beginning and seasoned journalists. Topics will include what pitfalls to avoid, how to understand proceedings and how to interpret legal language. Participants will have access to tips and tricks from the pros. Nebraska judges and journalists will discuss topics and resources used by today’s practicing reporters. In addition, members of Nebraska’s Bench Media Committee will listen and answer questions.


Chris Graves
Graves is an assistant professor in the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Prior to joining the faculty in 2019, Graves spent years as a reporter, line editor, assistant city editor, managing editor and columnist for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, the Enquirer in Cincinnati and Minnesota Public Radio News. Her crime and justice work has been featured in documentaries, television shows, National Public Radio and referenced in numerous books. In 2018, she was a member of the Enquirer team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting.

Bill Kelly
Kelly produces news documentaries and reports for Nebraska Public Media-News. Most recently, Kelly produced documentaries on rural law enforcement, Nebraska floods and the COVID-19 pandemic. The Michigan native joined Nebraska Public Media in 1990 and has a special interest in covering the courts and criminal justice system. An Emmy award-winning journalist, Kelly graduated from Purdue University. He worked at television stations in Lafayette, Indiana, Wichita, Kansas and Omaha.


Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Central) / 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Mountain) Moderated Discussion

Who should attend

This discussion is open to all current and future journalists who may one day work in Nebraska. The discussion will benefit those who have never reported on the Nebraska Courts system and those who have been reporting for years.

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Cost: This work shop is presented free by the College of Journalism and Mass Communications and Nebraska Public Media.

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