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For reporters, editors, producers, educators, and students, JCCF aims to deepen, spotlight, encourage and support media coverage of the complex and urgent issues that affect children, youth and families in the U.S. Learn more »
The New York Times / Motherlode Blog
A depressed Iraq war veteran recounts her experience losing custody of her daughter for six months for neglect.
In a system that silences victims of sexual violence, the brutal gang rape of a UVA freshman is seen as just another "bad experience at a party" by peers and school-assigned victim advocates alike.
The Bismarck Tribune
A 2013 UCLA report found that American Indian and Alaska Native children share something in common with veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: Both groups experience post-traumatic stress disorder at triple the rate the rest of the U.S. population does.
Friday, November 21, 2014
How many women have to say “me, too,” and brave recounting one of the worst experiences of their lives before the public can believe that Bill Cosby, a beloved, admired “role model” violated women in such a shocking and disgusting way?
Saturday, November 01, 2014
JCCF and ZERO TO THREE held a virtual news briefing to release a new report on the impact of smartphones, tablets and television on small children. This transcript includes a link to the recorded webinar and answers to the questions which did not get addressed during the event.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
With great sadness, I announce that the Journalism Center on Children & Families will close at the end of 2014.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Two professors reach a startling conclusion in their new book on child care policy in the United States: “We, as a society, do not value children and families.”
“In Our Hands: The Struggle for U.S. Child Care Policy” by Elizabeth Palley and Corey Shdaimah, examines why there has... Read more
Friday, August 01, 2014
“This book began with a brutal murder, a viral video and a cup of coffee..."
The introductory sentence of “How Long Will I Cry?” pulls you in like magnet, then traps you in a whirlwind of human misery that touches down, rips through Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods, leaving a... Read more
Thursday, July 24, 2014
The Homestretch, a new documentary by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly, immerses us into the raw reality of the lives of three homeless youth in Chicago who teeter on the edge of hope. We teeter with them for 90 memorable minutes.
The Journalism Center on Children & Families will close at the end of 2014 when our funding runs out. For the past two decades, JCCF has helped inspire, support, spread and reward excellent reporting on kids. We've trained and assisted hundreds of journalists in every kind of media, in every part of the United States.
JCCF thanks our founding and longtime primary supporter, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, the University System of Maryland Foundation and other foundations that have contributed to our successful run as the nation's only journalism center devoted to deepening coverage of children and families. We also wish to thank all of the people who have served on our staff, advisory board and as judges in our annual Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism contests.
Keep fighting for the airtime, the word count, the column inches and the resources to deliver stellar reporting about children, youth and families. Keep building bridges with youth media in your communities. Keep telling stories that change lives.
JCCF is proud to announce the launch of LIFELINES, a new site dedicated to independent and spirited reporting on the multi-faceted profession of social work and the many ways social workers empower people to change their own lives. What started as a conversation between JCCF and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) about misunderstandings and mistrust between journalists and social workers blossomed into a multimedia project aimed at building bridges between these fields.
LIFELINES shares the stories of young people overcoming child abuse, depression, family conflict, and students coping with military deployment of their parents.The project profiles immigrants fleeing homophobic violence in their home country and domestic violence in their homes. Two stories show different approaches to homelessness in urban America and one shines a spotlight on poverty in rural America. And, you'll visit innovative programs that provide parenting education, support for transgender people, and help women recover from addictions and stay out of the criminal justice system. And more!
Now is your turn to dive in. Get caught up in the Human Safety Net. Share the content, the resources and your reactions on the LIFELINES Facebook page.
NEW POLICY REPORT ON TWO-GENERATION APPROACH FOR FAMILIES, KIDS
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released a new policy report, Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach . The report finds that nearly half of America’s families with young children struggle to make ends meet and discusses how the public, nonprofit and private sectors must work together to reduce poverty among these 10 million low-income families. The report recommends integrating state and federal employment, education and child care programs for parents and children to create better opportunities for the entire family. A significant data finding shows that in nearly 80 percent of low-income families with young children, parents do not have a postsecondary degree, which dramatically highlights the need to equip parents who have limited education with skills that can help them earn a family-supporting income.
To request an interview with the authors, contact Sue Lin Chong, email@example.com.
Read JCCF's summary of the report.
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