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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 »
Economic Hardship Reporting Project
Child advocates say many youth who've aged out of foster care discover that bad credit ratings and debt prevent them from being able to rent apartments. In many cases their social security numbers have been fraudulently used by relatives or adults working in group homes.
The New York Times
Despite a 2009 state law against shackling pregnant inmates during or after labor, 23 out of 27 surveyed pregnant prisoners in New York prisons were shackled right before, during or after giving birth, according to a report by the Correctional Association of New York. In California,...
The Denver Post
Colorado's experiment in marijuana legalization is spilling over into out-of-state Indian reservations and affecting teens and children.
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.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
When 17-year-old Shanti Gurung left her family and home in India to work for an Indian diplomat in New York City, she was promised at least $108 a month, room and board in exchange for light cleaning, light cooking and staffing the occasional house party.
But Gurung’s reality... Read more
Thursday, May 15, 2014
"To the End of June" presents an all-encompassing look into the triumphs and failures of the American foster care system. Author Cris Beam, herself a foster mother, spent 5 years investigating the system which includes over 400,000 children in the U.S. She interviews current and former... Read more
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The Times of Northwest Indiana produced a 14-page special section called "The Price of Poverty."
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Trafficking. For decades, this term has been linked to the illegal drug trade - the smuggling of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and other substances across borders. Or arms trafficking – the illicit trade in handguns and weapons of war.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Would you hand your child over to a complete stranger – an opportunistic entrepreneur – who promises to shepherd your precious beloved across a desert, a river, hopping trains, dodging authorities, all the while facing the possibility of rape, abduction, theft, injury, illness,...
It's the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. Here are some links to research and other resources that can spark ideas and ground your reporting:
NEW! - TalkPoverty.org http://talkpoverty.org/
JUST ADDED! - Equal Voice: America's Family Story http://www.equalvoiceforfamilies.org/
Economic Hardship Reporting Project - http://economichardship.org/
Half in Ten - http://halfinten.org/
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity - http://www.spotlightonpoverty.org/
UC Davis Center for Poverty Research - http://poverty.ucdavis.edu/
Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality - http://www.stanford.edu/group/scspi/index.html
Drexel University Center for Hunger Free Communities - http://www.centerforhungerfreecommunities.org/
University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty - http://www.irp.wisc.edu/index.htm
Have links to add? Send to: info-AT-journalism-DOT-org
GET YOUR DATA: KIDS COUNT 2014 IS OUT
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 25th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book addresses and ranks the well-being of children across the states in four main categories: economics, education, health and family and community.
According to the report, in 2012, 16.3 million American children lived in poverty, a four percent rise from 2005. An increasing number of children live with only one parent or in communities with high concentrations of poverty.
Yet there was some good news. The data show that more children are attending preschool and graduating high school, and the teen birth rate is at an historic low. More kids have access to health care and fewer children are dying from illness and accidents.
KIDS COUNT also places special emphasis on disparities of child well-being based on income, race, ethnicity, and geography; and evidence-backed solutions that work. Read more.
Check out this round-up of news stories about KIDS COUNT from local and national news media.
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