Covering Guns, A Poynter Workshop (GUN2-13)
APPLICATIONS FOR THIS SEMINAR ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED.
This workshop has a simple goal: to improve the accuracy and depth of coverage of America’s gun debate, without deference to any political agenda or special interests. Our goal is to help journalists learn more about guns and gun laws through practical, hands-on experience and expert teaching.
The workshop will include a field trip to a gun range. Support from the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Scripps Howard News Service and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation is helping cover the cost of this seminar and covering the participants’ range fees.
Here is the workshop schedule. Click on the following link to see a compilation of information, including videos and photos, from our McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute held in Chicago this past April http://coveringguns.com/class-photos-chicago/
Poynter will partner with the University of Maryland on this workshop, which will be held on that school’s campus. All applications must come through Poynter’s website. Click the “Apply Now” button below to complete an application. The workshop will begin at 4:00 p.m. on July 10, and end at 3:00 p.m. on July 12.
Do come join us. We REALLY hope to see you in July.
This workshop will include:
- Guns 101 ~ Learn gun and ammunition basics such as the difference between an auto and a semi-automatic weapon, and a .357 and a .22 caliber weapon. You’ll learn which guns are the most lethal and why.
- Live Range Experience ~ Visit a gun range and fire a variety of weapons with close supervision from certified instructors.
- Second Amendment Understanding ~ Hear from legal experts how the 2nd Amendment does or does not apply to the current debates about gun control.
- Experienced Reporting ~ Learn from The Washington Post’s investigative reporter David Fallis, one of the journalists who produced the Post’s award-winning project “The Hidden Life of Guns.”
- Permitting and Background Checks ~ Understand how these controls are supposed to work and whether they help reduce gun crime.
- The Gun Supply Line ~ Learn where criminals get their guns and what can be done about it.
We want to know why you want to attend this workshop and what you intend to do with what you learn. Write an essay and keep it to 300 words. Don’t be clever, be clear.
To help us ensure the greatest number of participants in this critical training around a critical issue, we ask you to pay a tuition price scaled to the size and budget of your organization. Know that your tuition dollars will help all journalists — from the national organizations to freelancers — do the excellent work that is needed to cover one of America’s most important stories.
If you work for a large media organization (200,000 or more daily newspaper circulation or TV market 20 or larger), we recommend a payment of $350; if you are at a mid-sized news organization (more than 75,000 circulation or TV market 100 or larger) we suggest you pay $200; and, if you are a freelancer or from a smaller news organization, we suggest a $100 payment.
Who Will Benefit:
Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
Investigative Reporter, The Washington Post
Deputy Editor of PolitiFact and Editor of PolitiFact Florida
Lecturer/Consultant in Criminalistics, Univ. of Maryland, Dept. of Criminology & Criminal Justice
Education Reporter, WBEZ Chicago
Executive Director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Dept. of Health Policy & Management Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research Deputy Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health