I’ve been updating a list of best websites in each beat for student journalists at The Newhouse School and found a gem for those of you who cover crime. And most general assignment reporters do!
Look at all the topics covered:
- The crime beat
- Juvenile justice
- Drug law enforcement
- Racial and ethnic issues
- Crime victims; ethics
- Courts – -criminal and civil
- How prosecutors work
- Guns and gun control
- Domestic violence
- Prisons, jails, sentencing, and community corrections
With the recent news about gun violence, I found the chapter on guns very helpful. Wish I’d had this background information when I was doing stories on guns. Reporter David J. Krajicek notes that gun advocates always criticize reporters for getting details about guns wrong and said he keeps a paper copy of a gun digest handy to look up guns as he writes about them. He goes on from there to give a great primer on guns. Only weakness is the content hasn’t been updated since 2007.
But check this site out. A few minutes here and you’ll be much more knowledgeable. And that’s the goal, isn’t it? Quicker, better, smarter reporting.