A look at Prison Journalism Project’s editorial process.
PJP’s editor in chief shares the background story behind San Quentin correspondent Joe Garcia’s scoop.
In some prisons, with some of our writers’ stories, we don’t always seek official comment especially when the reporting doesn’t rise to the level of journalism because that could lead to severe consequences for our writers. In this case, however, we felt it was crucial to seek official comment.
We have always known that collaborations and partnerships are a key component of our work. We aren’t training our writers to be journalists just for our project. We want them to be available for everyone, particularly local newsrooms that are thin on resources but interested in original content about prisons in their areas. Our ultimate goal is to build a network of prison correspondents with the credibility to contribute to the field of journalism as colleagues rather than sources.
Shaheen Pasha, a 2018 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow, on starting the Prison Journalism Project and training incarcerated writers to tell stories about their prison community.