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WANTED ~ Pitch us your investigations on disparities in State Courts

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 system-wide 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 [email protected], using “State Courts Pitch” in the subject line. Deadline: Dec. 10.


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