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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 »
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.
The Marshall Project
Are a fifth of female college students raped? Take a look at the numbers.
Despite minute "reductions in injustice," racial disparities in medical treatment persist, and there is little incentive to make further progress.
On average, fatal gun shootings have occurred on school grounds once every five weeks on average, which 14 of 21 shootings taking place at K-12 schools.
Saturday, November 01, 2014
JCCF and ZERO TO THREE held a virtual news briefing to release a new report on the impact of smartphones, tablets and television on small children. This transcript includes a link to the recorded webinar and answers to the questions which did not get addressed during the event.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
With great sadness, I announce that the Journalism Center on Children & Families will close at the end of 2014.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I was spanked as a kid.
It was rare. Sometimes with a belt.
My 50-year-old self can say with confidence that I was not traumatized by it... but as a parent, I am convinced that spanking is wrong.
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
Thursday, March 27, 2014
“A Dream Foreclosed” tells the stories of black Americans dealing with foreclosure, eviction and forced homelessness.
Investigative journalist and social justice activist Laura Gottesdiener details the experiences of African Americans as victims of predatory loans and mortgages... Read more
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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