The purpose of the New Orleans Journalism Project is twofold: to help train a new generation of investigative journalists to tell the stories of our criminal justice system and to educate local students about the history of criminal justice in our region, how media covers it, and how they can tell the stories that matter to their own communities.
Our investigative work is modeled on projects like our partner, the Medill Justice Project at Northwestern University. We work with graduate and high-level undergraduate students to investigate stories related to criminal justice.
Our educational program is designed to be flexible so we can work with Professors and Teachers with various levels of student. New Orleans has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, and our goal is to help ensure that the stories of our criminal justice system are told accurately and fairly by the people most affected by it.