(NEWARK, NJ) --New Jersey state laws may soon be changed to grant subpoena powers to Civilian Complaint Review Boards in Newark. Although Newark may get there first, this has the potential to re-shape police and community relations throughout New Jersey. The topic will be discussed on a special broadcast of Newark Today on WBGO-FM, this coming Thursday, October 21st at 8:00pm. Listen Live at WBGO 88.3FM or online at WBGO.org.
This is the second installment of The Press, the Police & the Public discussion series, sponsored by the NJ Society of Professional Journalists. All of the participants will be broadcasting live and in person from the New Jersey Historical Society. (Due to COVID restrictions, invited guests only.) You can watch last month's panel here.
Panelists include: Michael Hill, moderator of WBGO’s Newark Today and host of WNYC’s Morning Edition; The Honorable Ras J. Baraka, Mayor of Newark; Rebecca Panico, award-winning reporter for the Star Ledger and NJ.COM; Brian O'Hara, Newark Public Safety Director, leading the Div. of Police, Div. of Fire and Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security; Larry Hamm, celebrating 50 years as a successful activist for key issues throughout New Jersey. At 17, Hamm was once the youngest Board of Education member in the nation; Mark J. Bonamo, Editor at TAPinto Newark.
"Wherever America's cities are going, Newark will get there first," said Ken Gibson, Newark Mayor, 1970 to 1986
Newark Today is produced by Alexandra Hill of WBGO-FM News. Ms. Hill is also the vice president of the NJ Society of Professional Journalists.
This is the second in NJ-SPJ’s series, The Press, the Police & the Public. Watch last month’s event in Mt. Laurel on the NJ-SPJ website. It attracted nearly 70 people. This month’s event is not open to the general public, but it is available to everyone on 88.3 WBGO-FM and WBGO.org
Expected Topics include:
* Should court-ordered federal oversight of the Newark Police Department be ended?
* Should NJ state law be changed, to grant subpoena powers to Civilian Complaint Review Boards in Newark?
* Do NJ journalists frame too much of their Newark coverage through the lens of law enforcement? In what ways can we do a better job?
* How do people outside of Newark learn about positive developments in NJ’s largest city?
The New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists is the state chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, a national organization that has been improving and protecting journalism since 1909. SPJ is known for its Code of Ethics, which was recently updated for the first time since 1996, to bring it in line with the needs of a rapidly changing industry. Please look at the code at spj.org. You will find that it is more than an ethical guide; it offers ways to better inform the public by using the web to enhance traditional media and improve our own transparency.