Can U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents really seize and go through your phones and other devices at an international border crossing? What about at the U.S. Border Patrol inland checkpoints along roads in southern New Mexico and west Texas? Or at other locations within the 100-mile zone along the U.S./Mexico border where you might encounter agents while doing your job? What are your rights to photograph and/or record CBP and Border Patrol operations? Recent changes in Washington mean journalists should learn about these issues and how to protect themselves and their sources.
UPDATE: We’ve extended our $10 SPJ member rate to students — whether they’re members or not — to give more student journalists the opportunity to take part in this important session. As New Mexicans struggle with the rape and murder of 10-year-old Victoria Martens, journalists covering the story face a variety of challenges. Unfortunately, Victoria’s story is just one of many situations of child abuse and family violence in our state. New Mexico has some of the nation’s highest rates of poverty, drug abuse and domestic violence. Studies have found that a high percentage of children in New Mexico are exposed to multiple incidents of trauma by an early age.
Join the SPJ Rio Grande Chapter for trainings on FollowTheMoney’s pilot ‘Anomaly Detection’ tool in February. The tool uses statistical and artificial intelligence algorithms to identify potential reporting leads based on campaign finance data that is outside historical norms. The training will also show reporters how to use FTM’s “My Legislature’ tool with NM’s 2017 legislative committees and bill feeds that allow reporters to track specific legislation to see how donors overlap with legislation and lawmakers. COST: FREE! How To Register: http://www.followthemoney.org/resources/new-mexico-sleuth/
Travel stipend may be available. Email Denise for more information: email@example.com
FollowTheMoney Trainers: JT Stepleton (researcher) and Scott Wahl (data scientist)