JCCF's motto has been "Stories Can Change Lives." Perhaps that's why the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and NASW Foundation wanted to support our project to find and tell stories about the ways in which social workers interact with children and families across the lifespan.
Social workers are involved in pregnancy prevention and prenatal counseling. They help couples who struggle with fertility issues, premature births, adoption, abortion, or postpartum depression. Social workers help new parents learn about their most important job and try to preserve families. They protect children in cases of abuse or neglect. They offer marriage counseling and help people through divorce. They provide therapy and emotional support to individuals and groups, in schools, prisons, college campuses and hospitals. They help people deal with death, cope with loss, change, physical and mental health challenges, and violence in our homes, schools and communities. Social workers are part of the complex human safety net that holds our society together and puts us back together when we've fallen apart.
Journalists and social workers share many values in common. We listen. We observe. We ask questions. We try to understand. We document. We report what we see. We are professionals, bound by ethics and a commitment to the power of truth.
Journalists tell the story. Social workers are in the business of trying to change the story - by changing the trajectory of a person's life, helping people through the hard stuff of life, helping us access the services we need to survive and thrive, helping anticipate or solve problems.
Some journalists are also focused on solutions. A just-released study found that the public is more engaged in news stories that include solutions to problems.
JCCF invites your pitches for stories that include a social work angle. Your story can be done in any medium: video, audio slide show, print with pictures, animation, graphics, etc. We will commission 12 stories from 12 reporters on a dozen topics in different parts of the U.S. If your story idea is selected, you will receive $2500 at the completion and delivery of your contracted content.
Your stories will build bridges of understanding between professional journalists and social workers. This project will be used to educate students of journalism and students of social work. The stories and reporting resources will be collected on webpage linked to JCCF and NASW.
When you are ready to apply, visit the pitch page here and submit your ideas by July 1. Assignments to follow shortly thereafter. Deadline to complete your story is October 1.
Have a question, see if it has already been asked here.
If not, email Julie @ journalism center . org.
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