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Cops, Courts and Crime: How to Transform Your Public Safety Coverage


Feb 25, 2022




Teresa Shaak



A discussion of how public safety coverage can become people-centered and community-based to help create more three-dimensional journalism and repair relationships and build trust with members of marginalized communities.

As newsrooms get smaller and fewer reporters are available to cover cops, courts and crime, it could be time to transform your coverage strategy.  Step away from police blotters and dedicate your limited resources to more productive and equitable coverage.  Learn how from editors who have successfully instituted a company-wide initiative.

Especially helpful for editors and reporters struggling with cops beats or looking to enhance their current efforts.

Presenters include:

Shane Fitzgerald, Pennsylvania State Editor, USA Today Network and Executive Editor, Bucks County Courier Times and The Intelligencer

Michael Killian, New York State Editor, USA Today Network and Executive Editor, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

This 60-minute webinar is scheduled to begin promptly at 12 noon, eastern time.

Registrants must have both a computer and audio/phone in order to participate.

There is no cost for PNA members.  $20 for non-members.

To register, complete the form below or email the PNA Foundation.  A confirmation with log in instructions will be sent to each registrant one or two days prior to the session.


February 25
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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About our presenters:

Shane Fitzgerald is Pennsylvania State Editor of the USA Today Network and Executive Editor, Bucks County Courier Times and The Intelligencer.  As PA State Editor, Fitzgerald has oversight of 12 Pennsylvania Gannett news organizations including the Beaver County Times, Pocono Record, Somerset Daily American and York Daily Record.   He is also the site leader for the Burlington (N.J.) County Times.  Fitzgerald, joined the Courier Times, The Intelligencer and Burlington County Times in 2015, after stints as executive editor at the Beaver County Times and the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in Texas. He has additional management experience at the Caller-Times and the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, dating to the mid-1990s. He also was the managing director of the E.W. Scripps centralized copy/design desk, which housed production for seven Scripps papers and coordinated shared production for the chain’s 14 papers. His newsrooms have won numerous enterprise, public service and investigative awards in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Texas and best newspaper designations 10 times in those three states.

Michael Kilian is New York state editor for Gannett, overseeing news sites upstate and downstate including his hometown newspaper the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, where he is executive editor. He has been a newspaper editor since 1990, working primarily with Gannett Co. Inc. in locations including Saratoga Springs, Utica and Rochester, New York; Burlington, Vermont; Salisbury, Maryland; and Cincinnati, Ohio.  While news director at The Cincinnati Enquirer, the newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting in 2018 for coverage of the heroin epidemic. Kilian is a graduate of Cornell University.