Local watchdog showcase
Learn new and old reporting tricks as the team from the Local Matters newsletter highlights a recent selection of great local watchdog journalism. Hear firsthand presentations by local reporters from across the country on how to expose wrongdoing in your community.
Joey Cranney covers state and local government for The Post and Courier in Columbia, South Carolina. He also runs the Local Matters newsletter, which highlights investigative journalism from local newsrooms across the country. He previously covered government and sports for newspapers in Florida and Pennsylvania. @joey_cranney
Brett Murphy (@brettmmurphy) is a reporter on USA Today’s investigations desk. He’s also an adjunct journalism professor at George Washington University. Murphy co-founded Local Matters, a weekly newsletter curating the best local investigative reporting around the country. Murphy has won numerous journalism awards and was a 2018 Pulitzer finalist for his series on worker exploitation in the port trucking industry. He is based in Washington, D.C.
Katie Shepherd is a staff writer at Willamette Week and an editor for Local Matters, a weekly newsletter that highlights the best watchdog reporting across the U.S. @katemshepherd
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