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Ohio Public Media Organizations Collaborate on Criminal Justice Reporting Project

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ATHENS, OH – WOUB is part of a new criminal justice reporting project in collaboration with other public media organizations across Ohio. Justice Matters is an examination of Ohio’s criminal enforcement system, its challenges and opportunities for reform. Public media partners include WKSU in Kent, Ideastream Public Media in Cleveland, WYSO in Yellow Springs, WVXU in Cincinnati and WOSU in Columbus. WKSU is leading the project.

The reporting initiative launched this month and focuses on the criminal justice process in Ohio– from policing to representation, courts, sentencing and re-entry..

WKSU Director of Special Projects and Advancement Natalie Pillsbury says, “Public media collaborators from across the state weighed in on the topic for this upcoming project, and it was clear that an examination of our criminal justice system is necessary. We are working together to surface the challenges within our system, but we are equally committed to bringing ideas for improvement and reform to the public. And we are telling the stories of the system through the eyes and voices of the people who have experienced it. It’s as much about reporting the facts as it is about illustrating the human experience.”

Justice Matters will highlight the challenges within the system and bring awareness to potential solutions that are being implemented here and elsewhere. A key project objective is to uncover issues of racial injustice and inequity.

Pillsbury says the goal of the project is to engage with our community on the challenges in our criminal justice system and to spark dialogue about opportunities for change and reform.

The series will air on all collaborator public media stations, including WOUB FM. Articles and resources can also be found on Follow WOUB and the other partner stations on social media to stay up-to-date on opportunities to engage with the project.