Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting is launching a new reporting initiative to examine how the poor and minorities fare in state courts around the country.
Impressive work – uncovering systemwide disparities and issues related to court fines, bail, jury selection and sentencing – already is being done. But what problems aren’t being identified? What stories aren’t being told?
We are looking for reporting proposals that dive deeply into a region or reach broadly across the country, particularly those with potential for radio. (If you have radio skills, that’s a plus.) We plan to establish reporting partnerships in some cases, award freelance contracts in others. This initiative will continue into 2017, so ambitious ideas are welcome.
Send us a one-page pitch that also addresses these basic questions:
- Will this uncover a hidden problem and/or tell our audience something new?
- Who is being harmed and how?
- Can you quantify the problem?
- Who is responsible, and can you prove it?
If you already have begun reporting on this topic or it builds on past work, include this information as well:
- Who are some primary characters for the story?
- Tell us about any tape you already have gathered.
If other outlets already have covered some of your story, please include links and a brief explanation of how your story will be different.
Email your pitches to me, Amy Pyle, Managing Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org, using “State Courts Pitch” in the subject line. Deadline: Dec. 17.