Investigations of domestic abuse protection orders in Pennsylvania and dental care for poor children in Alabama, and a profile of families without health insurance were among the top stories honored in the 2001 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism. The awards, first presented by the Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families in 1994, recognize distinguished coverage of children and families in the United States. Top honors in the print categories went to: the Detroit Free Press, the Chicago Tribune, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, the Mobile (Ala.) Register, the York (Pa.) Daily Record and The Chicago Reporter. Top broadcast honors were awarded to: Dateline NBC, PBS Frontline/Oregon Public Broadcasting, KHOU-TV/Houston and Radio Diaries/National Public Radio.
An in-depth analysis of Michigan's child welfare system written with a compelling narrative and facts uncovered from restricted files. Over six days, Kresnak detailed dangerous flaws in the state's welfare system through the story of Ariana, a 2-year-old child brutally murdered by her parents. Kresnak’s writing is devastatingly straightforward. Thanks to this masterwork of detailed reporting, readers have taken on the cause to change the lives of children in harm's way.
The concept of this series was original and the execution striking. The reporters exposed a little-known health crisis — the lack of access to dental care among Alabama’s neediest children —with admirable vigor. Their reporting quantified the surprising extent of the problem, demonstrated the horrible impact on children’s lives and pinpointed systemic failures. It also knocked down stereotypes and suggested solutions. And it resulted in an increase in the Medicaid reimbursement rate to dentists in Alabama.
The series, which spanned seven months, is a superb example of in-depth newspaper reporting. It took more than a year to research, interview and write this compelling story of women who seek protection from domestic violence through county services. Through stories, incisive columns and excellent graphics, the staff covers the bases extremely well and sheds light on a subject that affects thousands of women, men and children in the community.
These columns are everything good advocacy writing should be: well-researched, well-reasoned and above all, well-written. Through varied topics, they remind readers that public policy problems affect actual human beings, often those least in a position to defend themselves.
A rich portrait of a court-appointed guardian for children in protective services. In profiling what one lawyer/investigator does to help kids, his devotion to his duties and the heartbreaking abuse that he uncovers, Simakis created a unique and compelling insight into what family courts face everywhere.
By mixing compelling human interest stories with old-fashioned muckraking, the Reporter hooked readers, and then outraged them, with this fine series on inner-city schooling. The staff consistently busted cliches and never lost sight of the people at the center of the story: children and families.
This is an incredibly powerful piece of work. There really is no substitute for a first-person voice, and the voices in these pieces come through with intelligence and tragedy, insight and frustration. A compelling mix of real life drama, graphic detail and natural sound. Outstanding editing of 250 hours worth of tape allows the listener to truly understand what’s behind the thinking and actions of these troubled young people
Moving but not maudlin, this report tackles a very significant social issue, bringing to life the complex problem of uninsured families with passion but fairness. Well-written and produced, the broadcast weaves together well-chosen case studies to illustrate larger themes, rather than —as is so often the case in television newsmagazines — mere storytelling that ignores broader relevance and social import. The program treated each family with respect and compassion, without pity or condescension. A fine work of social conscience that honors the heart and head.
A well-made, interesting and informative piece. The producers gave us rare insight into the minds of young people who have committed heinous crimes, into the minds of parents who find the strength to forgive, and into the belly of a court system overwrought and overburdened by too many kids and too few resources.
A moving story about people that most viewers would want to turn away from: hungry children and families. By telling the story through the travels of a food delivery worker, the team created a powerful picture of a problem that could have remained well hidden in a time of general prosperity.