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National Press Foundation

September 18, 2021

The National Press Foundation is offering a week-long training on covering crime, policing and the criminal justice system. Fellows will come together for three days of sessions on key coverage issues, then cover the annual conference of the American Society of Criminology, the nation’s leading organization of criminal justice researchers.


Amid a spike in homicide and a reckoning on police tactics and financing in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, the U.S. criminal justice system is undergoing an upheaval.

The nation spends more than $300 billion annually on policing and incarceration, but distrust of the system is widespread. Just over half of all Americans have confidence in the police, but just a quarter of Black Americans express such confidence.

The National Press Foundation is offering a special all-expenses-paid opportunity for 20 journalists to take a deeper look at the criminal justice system.

Over three days, NPF training will address: incarceration data, pre-trial justice, specialty courts, violence, weapons, incarceration impact on families, racial disparities in arrests and incarceration, re-entry into society, recidivism and more. With this background, journalists will then cover the four-day American Society of Criminology annual conference, with full access to presenters and abstracts.

The NPF training is Nov. 14-16 and the American Society of Criminology conference is Nov. 17-20. Both are in Chicago. This program is open to U.S.-based journalists only. Applicants must commit to attending both the NPF training and the ASC conference. The fellowship covers airfare, ground transportation, hotel costs and most meals. The deadline to apply is Oct. 4.

NPF trainings are free and on the record. Learn more about our mission here.

This program is funded by Arnold Ventures. NPF is solely responsible for the content.

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