Media Coverage of the Criminal Justice System

Written by Mark O'Mara on . Posted in Outreach

media meetingAngela Starke, the Public Information Officer for the Office of State Attorney Jeffrey Ashton, joined the PIOs for several other agencies involved in the criminal justice system for a seminar designed to give members of the local press a refresher on how the system works. Justice stories get more and more coverage these days, and like it or not, reporters have become inextricably entwined with the criminal justice system.

Nearly forty reporters, producers, and news directors came to the State Attorney’s offices for a three-hour presentation that guided the press corp through a hypothetical scenario, and provided pointers for how to deal with each agency involved in the justice system. Along with my Communications Director, I spoke on behalf of defense attorneys and gave reporters some suggestions on how to deal with criminal lawyers, who may find themselves overwhelmed when a high-profile case hits their practice.

It was a great program, and I think it should be reproduced in every media market in the country.