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Saturday, March 20 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Zealous: How Defenders Can & Should Work With Press

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A conversation between criminal justice journalists and communications professionals in defender offices. The panelists will speak on the opportunities for defenders to help shape the media narrative around criminal "justice" issues, influence stories beyond just "giving a quote," share information about systemic issues no one else knows about, how to build relationships of trust with journalists, and the skills that make for the most effective partnerships with the press.

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Scott Hechinger

Founder & Director, Zealous
For nearly a decade, Scott served as a public defender in Brooklyn, representing people charged with crimes who couldn’t afford an attorney, but also long shared his perspective as a public defender outside of court in a variety of media to shift the narrative and drive systemic... Read More →

avatar for Lindsey Hortenstine

Lindsey Hortenstine

Communications Director, Orleans Public Defenders
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Keri Blakinger

Staff Writer, The Marshall Project
Keri Blakinger is a staff writer at The Ma whose work has focused on prisons and the death penalty. She previously covered criminal justice for Houston Chronicle, and her work has appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, VICE, the New York Daily News and NBC News. She is the organization's... Read More →
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Topher Sanders

Reporter, Pro Publica
Topher Sanders covers race, inequality and the justice system for ProPublica. In 2019, he was part of a team that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Public Service and won the Peabody and George Polk awards for their coverage of President Trump’s family separation policy. In 2018... Read More →
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Jeff Chorney

Deputy Public Defender, Alameda County Public Defender
Jeff Chorney has been a deputy public defender in Alameda County, Calif., for about 10 years. He has been in a variety of trial and calendar assignments and also handles media for the office. Prior to being a public defender, he worked as a daily newspaper reporter covering crime... Read More →

Saturday March 20, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 6