Raising the Barr

Going beyond ‘If it bleeds, it leads’


A couple of months ago, I wrote an article about the way TV news covers crime and suggested there must be a better way. Thanks to the National Press Foundation, the Radio Television Digital News  Association and Arnold Ventures, I believe a new path is being forged.

On Jan. 12-14, 100 news directors and news leaders from across the U.S. gathered in San Diego for a deep dive into how crime is covered, the sources we lean on for information and data, the stereotypes we inadvertently reinforce in the process and the toll all of this “if it bleeds, it leads” takes on the victims, the accused and the journalists trying to make sense of it all.

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