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Ticketed on Campus: How to Investigate Police Ticketing of Students at Your School

A ProPublica event for high school journalists: Learn how to investigate police ticketing of students at your school.

In partnership with Chicago Tribune and Journalism Education Association.

This Spring, ProPublica and the Chicago Tribune published “The Price Kids Pay,” a groundbreaking investigation that found schools across Illinois routinely work with police to issue students tickets for minor offenses — infractions that can lead to costly fines. Reporters Jodi S. Cohen and Jennifer Smith Richards detailed how some schools violated state law.

Now, in a special event for student journalists, these two reporters will explain how they uncovered this disturbing pattern of policing in schools and how young reporters can pursue stories at their own schools. Cohen and Smith Richards will talk about the public documents that can reveal what’s happening inside schools and the best journalistic practices for pursuing this subject thoroughly and fairly.

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to hear firsthand from a Chicago-area high school that used the investigation’s findings to conduct reporting on its campus.

Can't attend? Register to receive a recording of the program.

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