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Webinar: Help Reveal investigate abusive rehab centers in New Jersey

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Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/j/491182107

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Montclair, New Jersey 07043

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The Center for Cooperative Media will host an informational webinar about the Rehab Reporting Network on Jan. 23, 2019 at 1pm ET with Byard Duncan of Reveal. During this session, Byard will talk more about the Rehab Reporting Network and how to join, and will give everyone a quick rundown of the tips we have now.

Here is a rough outline of what will be covered during the webinar:

  • Intro to the topic of work-based rehabs
  • What we've found in our reporting so far (Oklahoma, NC, etc.)
  • Why we decided to start the network (We had so many tips coming in)
  • The tips we have in NJ, and how to get more (i.e. callouts in NJ partners' own newsletters and on social)
  • How to join the network and what you get from us: Access to tips, Slack channel, reporting tips, etc.

In the meantime, here are two more pieces of information that will give you a better understanding of the scope and nature of this project:

First, here is the first major investigative piece published as part of this project by StateImpact in Oklahoma:

Working for sobriety: Recovery program took some clients’ disability pay

  • Story URL: https://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2018/12/13/working-for-sobriety-recovery-program-took-some-clients-disability-pay/
  • Audio URL: https://soundcloud.com/stateimpactok/work-based-recovery-program

Second, here's a rundown of some of the resources that will be available to you once you sign up to join the Rehab Reporting Network:

  1. Tips. A spreadsheet containing the tips Reveal has received about work-based rehabs over the last year and a half. They've been screened for certain criteria: They are rehabs that put their clients to work, ostensibly to help offset some or all of the cost of treatment. Reveal found that this arrangement can lead to exploitation in other rehabs. However, just because a rehab is on this spreadsheet doesn’t mean it’s exploitative. Each tip will need to be rigorously vetted.

  2. A reporting guide. Finding out what’s going on at these rehabs can be painstaking work. The reporter’s toolkit offers advice on everything from backgrounding rehabs to finding and interviewing subjects. Download it at revealnews.org/network.

  3. A Slack channel. If you want to stay in touch with Reveal and other network reporters throughout the reporting process once you've signed up, you can join the Slack channel. It’s a great place to ask questions and share ideas.

  4. Updates from Reveal. This is an open-ended project. Even if you don’t see a tip about a rehab near you, that doesn’t mean Reveal won’t hear about one. Each week, as Reveal adds new tips to the spreadsheet, you'll get an email, alerting you of the update. Reveal will also intermittently spotlight completed stories from members of the network.

Here's what Reveal will ask of you as a partner:

  1. If you reach out to the tipster, please make it clear you received their tip from Reveal. The tipsters shared their information with us. To avoid confusion, it’s important to tell them you learned about them through Reveal. Also: Please follow SPJ’s code of ethics, available here.

  2. In your story, credit Reveal for having provided the tip. Use the following credit language: This story was based in part on ongoing reporting by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit investigative newsroom. To learn more about the reporting network and how to get involved, head over to revealnews.org/network.

  3. Embed the tip form in all digital versions of your story. This allows tips to continue flowing in from your own stories. Byard Duncan, Reveal’s engagement reporter, will provide you with an embed code for the form as you near publication. Reach him at bduncan@revealnews.org.

  4. You are responsible for editorially and legally vetting any stories created as a result of the tips. Reveal is not responsible for the content of your stories and cannot be held legally responsible for the content you publish or broadcast as a result. By signing up for the network, you agree to indemnify Reveal.

  5. Let us know you’ve published. Reveal wants to follow your work. Once you’ve completed a story, they will share it on the Reveal social media channels and email newsletter.

  6. Pitch Reveal if you find something particularly noteworthy. Reveal may produce a radio segment based on the network’s stories at some time in the future. Let them know if you think you have a story that would make for good radio.

One final note: If you don’t see a tip near you on the spreadsheet, that doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t work-based rehabs in your area. You are encouraged to use the other resources provided to dig into this issue at the local level – and keep checking back for new tips as they are added.

As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns and we'll be happy to help you work through them. Just send us an email at info@njnewscommons.org and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

See you on Jan. 23!

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Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/j/491182107

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