COLLEGE PARK, Md. – COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sex trafficking stories seem to be in the news virtually every day. But it can be a tough subject for media to cover. For instance, while newsroom style books and media law guides may offer guidance on when to use words like “accused,” arrest” and “indict” – that many might consider loaded – tips on language for sex trafficking are less clear.
Recently, we asked JCCF Director Julie Drizin about the new resource package, why it was created, and how reporters can get the most out of it..
1) What made the JCCF decide to start gathering resources for reporters to help them cover sex trafficking stories?
Last year, the McCormick Foundation sponsored a specialized reporting institute (SRI) on covering sex trafficking. I asked JCCF Program and Editorial Coordinator Mina Dixon to apply to attend and she was accepted. We agreed that she would work on creating content for our website on the topic for release some time in 2014.