Policing the police

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Annie Gilbertson of KPCC - 89.3; Jeremy Jojola of KUSA/9News Denver; Jordan Smith of The Intercept; Sean Sullivan of NJ Advance Media
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 4:15pm
  • Location: Texas F
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Who polices the police? Police agencies often have the power to keep information about officer misconduct off the public’s radar — while keeping the officer in the field. It’s the job of newsrooms to push past the blue wall of silence, supply facts for an evolving public discussion about policing and hold law enforcement accountable. 

Print, radio and TV journalists talk about developing sources to help you get beyond the PIO and will delve into all things records -- what kinds of records there are, where and how to find them, and what to do with them once you’ve got them. The award-winning panel of reporters will share ideas for going beyond the headlines to create engaging narratives and to keep the spotlight shining on your investigatory revelations.

Speaker Bios

  • Annie Gilbertson is KPCC's Senior Investigative Reporter and host of the podcast "Repeat," a serialized investigation into a string of officer shootings in South L.A. 

  • Jeremy Jojola is an investigative reporter for 9NEWS in Denver where his stories have inspired the introduction of new state laws and policy changes. Over his 20 year career as television journalist, Jojola has garnered several awards for his investigative work which include topics such as police oversight and systemic problems that hurt vulnerable populations. @jeremyjojola

  • Jordan Smith is a state and national award-winning investigative reporter for The Intercept, where she mainly covers criminal justice. She focuses on investigating claims of wrongful convictions and the use of problematic forensic science. @chronic_jordan

  • S.P. Sullivan covers criminal justice and state government for NJ.com and The Star-Ledger. Sean's work investigating New Jersey's troubled medical examiner system in 2017 prompted the passage of a reform law signed by the state's governor earlier last year. He was also one of the lead reporters on The Force Report, a massive data-driven investigation published in 2018 that spurred the state attorney general to overhaul how New Jersey monitors police use-of-force. 

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