“The Journalism Center Announces Winners of 19th Annual Contest”
- COLLEGE PARK, Md. (June 28, 2013) -- Stunning images of families coping with urban poverty and gun violence. Shocking accounts of abuse at facilities for developmentally disabled youth and adults. A moving and honest story of the struggles between a single father and his adopted son. Unforgettable narratives about children who identify as transgender as toddlers and the families who accept them as they are. Investigations of dental care companies that profit off the poor while providing substandard, unnecessary procedures.
These are just some of the journalistic efforts that took first place honors in the 2013 Casey Medals, which celebrate the past year’s best reporting on children, youth and families in the U.S. The Journalism Center on Children and Families received entries representing the work of hundreds of reporters, editors, photographers and producers at more than 100 news organizations. Among the winners: The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, PBS Frontline, New York Magazine, Tampa Bay Times, WBEZ-Chicago Public Radio, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Center for Public Integrity, The Center for Investigative Reporting, The Des Moines Register, The Times of Northwest Indiana and WNYC’s Radio Rookies.
Judges sought journalism that packed a punch, stirred the conscience and made an impact; meticulously reported, powerfully delivered stories that shined a spotlight on issues, institutions and communities that rarely receive media attention.
The Children's Mental Health Network is so proud of Network faithful Bill Lichtenstein for winning honorable mention for his article “A Terrible Way to Discipline Children,” published in the New York Times Sunday Review. Here is the description from the award committee:
- After learning that his 5-year-old daughter had been repeatedly locked in a converted closet in her elementary school, the author exposed the largely unknown use of seclusion rooms and physical restraints as forms of punishment in schools around the U.S. The piece attracted a flood of media attention to the issue, sparked tremendous response from readers, and helped coalesce a national effort to end these practices and promote positive behavior interventions in schools.
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Good on ya Bill!
The Casey Medals are a project of the Journalism Center on Children and Families at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland. JCCF and the Medals program are funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Twelve winners will receive $1,000 at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 26. Two honorees will receive additional prizes of $5,000 from the America’s Promise Alliance, a coalition of more than 350 national organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth.