Free stuff: October conference covers juvenile justice

A New York conference Oct. 4-5, 2018, aims to help journalists cover the latest developments in juvenile justice, and engage with some of the leading players and experts in the field.

The conference, to be held at John Jay’s New York City campus, is called “Unfinished Business: Juveniles and Justice,” and should provide valuable grounding for journalists and perhaps give them ideas for new coverage angles. The conference will explore, for instance, the impact of reforms in areas ranging from raising the age of adult jurisdiction and the movement to end the practice of juvenile detention, to the changes in federal approach and funding under the Trump administration. These areas will be explored with some of the country’s leading policymakers, researchers and advocates who are not normally available for sustained conversation with the media.

Up to 35 journalists will be selected for travel fellowships that subsidize transport to, and accommodation in, New York during the conference. Participants/fellows will be chosen on a competitive basis, based on their interests, proposed projects and editors’ support.

Juvenile justice reform, as you probably know from coverage in your own state, has advanced considerably over the previous decade. But the “unfinished business” of reform can and should generate compelling and impactful new stories that matter to your readers.

Conference sponsors include the Tow Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Details about how to apply, eligibility, and the application deadline are available here.