A reporter wants to do a story on the JRB. How can we do that?Reporters have been permitted to observe confidential juvenile court hearings but they have agreed and been ordered by the court not to publish or otherwise disclose any confidential information or any information that permit the identification of the families appearing before the court. You could do the same for the JRB, without the court order however. This agreement probably should be in writing. Also, any family appearing before the JRB should be advised of the presence of the reporter and asked, prior to the hearing, if they object to the reporter’s presence. If they do, the reporter should be excused.
Another option that has been tried is to put on a “mock JRB hearing” where the reporter can observe the participants and the process. One JRB conducted such a hearing with the reporter acting as the child so he could get a firsthand sense for the process from the child’s point of view.
While it is valuable to have a reporter get the word out about the JRB’s work, the privacy of the family and the integrity of the process must be the first priority.
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