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Become a better journalist

October 26, 2008

Capitolbeat, the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors is proud to welcome the
Committee of Concerned Journalists to Raleigh for a workshop that will help reporters avoid biases, stereotypes and over-simplification in government coverage.

What: The CCJ pre-conference session for Capitolbeat 2008.
When: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008
Time: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Raleigh Marriott Center City, 500 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh NC
Cost: $25 for just the CCJ Session. The CCJ session is free to all those attending Capitolbeat 2008, a three day conference of state government reporters.

Reporters covering government are responsible for informing citizens about some of the most critical topics facing any state: economic development, education, statewide law enforcement, the penal system, and more. The way news organizations cover public policy and those who make it can shape the path lawmakers take in the future and how your readers and listeners will pay for those decisions.

This session, by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Sonny Rawls and CCJ director Deborah Gump, will help you do it right, despite the staffing and other limitations newsrooms face today. Those who attend will learn how to avoid some of the common pitfalls of covering government whether you’re based in the state capitol or 200 miles away:

  • Oversimplification and stereotypes
  • He said/she said stories
  • Staged events
  • Oversimplification and stereotypes
  • He said/she said stories
  • Misleading polls

If this sounds like the kind of training you could use, there are two ways to register:

To register for just CCJ: Please send your name, e-mail, phone number to We will take your payment at the door.

To register for Capitolbeat 2008: Please see our online page for more information – – or contact us:

Mark Binker, News & Record reporter and Capitolbeat conference chairman
(919) 832-5549 or
Tiffany Shackelford, Capitolbeat executive director
(703) 470-2996 or

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2008 1:40 am

    I was just wondering will this event be held in any other cities?

  2. October 27, 2008 7:05 am


    Capitolbeat changes its location every year. Over the past three years we’ve been in Seattle, Columbus (OH) and Philadelphia. This year we’re in Raleigh. Next year, we’ll return to the Midwest.

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