Issue Seminars

Issue seminars are free and designed to gather the resources necessary for students to be more successful reporters. Students interact with experts who provide different perspectives and spend time developing strategies to localize the issues, using the information shared.

Addressing Campus Sexual Violence 9-10:50 a.m. Friday
Key developments have brought campus sexual and intimate partner violence to the forefront in the past year. From a federal investigation of 55 colleges across the country for mishandling sexual violence and harassment complaints, to President Obama’s launch of a special campaign, “It’s On Us,” to end campus sexual violence, to the mixed media coverage of various college incidents, this issue should be of interest to your readers. This seminar will provide essential background on intervention and prevention approaches, tips for media covering interpersonal violence and sexual violence, and resources from experts from the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a survivor of a campus assault, and a reporter who was part of a team to investigate and publish a report of campus crime and violence. For the first time, student reporters can submit their stories for a writing competition on issue seminar topics. Details will be provided at the seminar.

Reporting on Marijuana Legalization 10-11:50 a.m. Saturday
State legalization of marijuana for recreational use for adults over the age of 21 has made marijuana sales, its use and its effects a topic of discussion at schools around the country. Topics include involve how we talk about marijuana, the accessibility of the drug for teens, validated research on the effects of the drug like we have not seen before, the impact on the economy and the impact of legalization on police work and the war on drugs. From Amendment 64, the 2012 Colorado statewide ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol, to more recent state legalization initiatives, this seminar will cover the facts of legalization at a state and federal level. The seminar also will provide essential background on the legal process, tips for media covering the issue, health effects and issues tied to social justice and the war on drugs. Hear from legal experts who wrote the bill in Colorado, a doctor, law enforcement, a business owner in the marijuana sales industry, an anti-legalization spokesperson and a reporter who covers marijuana issues. For the first time, student reporters can submit their stories for a writing competition on issue seminar topics. Details will be provided at the seminar.