The Journalism Center on Children & Families (1993-2014) was a national center devoted to deepening media coverage on issues that affect children, youth and families, particularly the disadvantaged. JCCF was launched in 1993 with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to create a professional community of practice for reporters whose primary beat was covering children and families. Over the years, JCCF has offered conferences and fellowship programs to enhance skills and knowledge on a variety of issues, from juvenile justice to preschool education, welfare reform to health care. With support from the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Center created “Beyond The Headlines,” an in-depth resource for reporting on child sexual abuse. The Center produced “When a Child Dies,” an interactive online training module to assist reporters covering child deaths, and LIFELINES: Stories from the Human Safety Net, a project of original reporting and resources for reporting on social work.
For over 20 years, JCCF provided an array of informational services for professional journalists, students and advocates. The Center curated and spread daily news content and cutting-edge research about children and families from a wide variety of media, government, academic and public policy sources. The Center provided guidance to journalists seeking sources, tips, experts, data or assistance with ethical dilemmas. JCCF served as a bridge between news organizations, researchers and child advocates. The Center closed December, 2014.
Find an Expert
Looking for the right person to talk to or interview for your story? You can search through JCCF's database of thousands of vetted experts who are informed and media-ready. The database was last updated in 2014. If you find information that is incorrect or out of date, please send an email to akhall-AT-lmdagency-DOT-org.
The best way to learn is by doing. The next best way is by listening, watching, and observing. Journalists who cover the complex issues affecting children, youth and families have a wealth of experiences and insights. JCCF has tapped into this expertise to create an online peer knowledge-sharing network we called “Best Practices.” This is where you can find the back-story behind the stories that made headlines, won awards and offered teachable moments.
JCCF sponsored dozens of national and regional conferences and fellowships for journalists to learn more about the complex issues and policies affecting families in the U.S. The last fellowship was held in 2009. More recently, JCCF created online training modules that feature facts, tips, guidelines and resources to help you do journalism better.