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Welcome to JCCF
A vibrant source of News & Inspiration
For reporters, editors, producers, educators, and students, JCCF aimed 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
It's unclear the extent to which fetal DNA testing for chromosomal disorders has improved results.
Al Jazeera America
In this opinion piece, Resnikoff says the racial wealth divide is a persistent fact of American life and is getting worse.
A 15-year-old transgender student in a southern state was born female but wants use the boys bathroom at school. The school board isn't so sure.
Friday, December 05, 2014
As JCCF closes its doors, center director Julie Drizin reflects on the reasons it opened in the first place and the changes faced by American families during JCCF's 21 years.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
A little backstory on how and why JCCF pursued and produced an original reporting project on the field of social work.
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?
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.
LIFELINES is 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, the series visits 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.
JCCF is now closed. If you have just discovered us, or if you have come to depend on JCCF for news and inspiration about children, youth and families, we invite you to explore our archive, and highly recommend that you check out, bookmark or subscribe to feeds and newsletters from these sites and sources that may be off your radar:
For the latest research on children and families – and access to experts – reach out to the following:
KIDS COUNT (Annie E. Casey Foundation)
Center on the Developing Child (Harvard University)
The Future of Children (Brookings Institution)
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