Send In The Lawyers

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Why not use unemployed and under-employed lawyers to cover complex legal issues and cases? A brief bit of training in journalistic style is all that would be needed.

This month’s Carnival of Journalism prompt asks contributors to submit a brief video describing their “most dangerous idea for pushing the boundaries of journalism.” Here’s my submission.

 

There’s no question that news organizations provide little or no meaningful coverage of complex legal issues. I can’t remember the last time I saw an in-depth report on the importance of an independent judiciary. If the general citizenry do not understand the legal system, they can’t make informed decisions as voters. That’s a bad thing for democracy.

I think a nonprofit clearinghouse type of organization could provide the training and work to place the lawyer-journalists in assignments to provide in-depth reporting on specific cases or issues for syndication or local news coverage. The reporting could be packaged for print, television, and online multimedia formats.

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