This free, one-hour webinar on covering sex trafficking is hosted by Poynter News University and supported by the McCormick Foundation. First released in January 2014, the course is lead by award-winning journalist J. David McSwane, whose Sarasota Herald-Tribune special report “The Stolen Ones” investigated the sex trafficking of minors in Florida.
The course addresses how to cover sex trafficking from within individual communities and includes tips for moving beyond superficial coverage to tell meaningful stories.
Participants in the 2014 course identified “data dearth” as the primary obstacle to their reporting, but McSwane said there are ways to move beyond the rut of poor data.
“There’s a key problem here, permeating from law enforcement…to politicians trying to write laws…to newspapers identifying victims as child prostitutes,” McSwane said in the webinar. “We haven’t been looking for this problem and therefore we haven’t been tracking it. Rather than lamenting the fact that we didn’t have very much data that was good, I wanted to explore why we didn’t have the data, that’s a part of the story for me. I decided to use our community as a microcosm.”
Hear how McSwane turned a critical lens on Sarasota and tips for getting started by enrolling in the course. Enrollees must first create an account with Poynter’s News University before taking the course.
McSwane’s “The Stolen Ones” is also profiled in a JCCF Best Practice here.
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