Judges and journalists meet in Columbia

On Thursday, June 30, 2016, dozens of Missouri judges and members of the media met in Columbia for an American Bar Association Judicial-Media Knowledge Exchange Workshop. The one-day event, sponsored by the ABA’s Standing Committee on the American Judicial System, was designed to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between journalists and judges. Attendees participated in roundtable discussions, where they shared thoughts on everything from cameras and recorders in courtrooms to the strengths and weaknesses of and the use of social media. Participants also attended a demonstrative education session that illustrated concepts of interaction between the media and courts and heard a keynote from ESPN reporter T.J. Quinn about his experiences in covering the high-profile cases of some professional athletes accused of abusing performance-enhancing drugs.

At the end of the sessions, several attendees expressed that they now feel more aware of the resources available to them on the other side of the bench—as well as the faces behind them.

Read more in recent news coverage of the workshop:

Jefferson City News Tribune:  Groups exploring ways to improve court public relations

The Hermann Advertiser-Courier:  Gathering of judges, editors aims at better understanding of each other’s role

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