Student rate added for Feb. 11 “Reporting on Child Abuse and Family Violence” training in ABQ

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.

New Mexico Sleuth: Invigorating Investigative Reporting in New Mexico

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: deniser@followthemoney.org

FollowTheMoney Trainers: JT Stepleton (researcher) and Scott Wahl (data scientist)

TRAININGS

1) Wednesday, Feb.

Join us Feb. 11 for “Reporting on Child Abuse and Family Violence”

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. Reporting ethically and insightfully on issues of violence and abuse of children is the responsibility of journalists and news organizations.