UNL and Nebraska Public Media to offer discussion on covering Nebraska courts

Monday, January 24, 2022 - 3:45pm

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.

The discussion, How to Report on Nebraska’s Trial Courts, will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Central) / 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Mountain) on Tuesday, Feb. 22 over Zoom. 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.

The discussion will be moderated by seasoned journalists Chris Graves and Bill Kelly.

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.

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.

This discussion is presented free to participants. To learn more and register, please visit https://journalism.unl.edu/how-report-nebraska%E2%80%99s-trial-courts.

Professional development workshops from the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications will help alumni and industry professionals gain cutting-edge skills and knowledge to advance their careers. Participants will learn from award-winning Big Ten faculty and accomplished professionals. Workshops are designed with industry professionals in mind. To learn more about upcoming workshops, visit https://journalism.unl.edu/professional-development.

Contact: Chris Graves, chris.graves@unl.edu, 402-472-4051

Chris Graves and Bill Kelly
Chris Graves and Bill Kelly