Race, Journalism and Child Welfare: The Double Standards Run Deep

The Tampa Bay Times is earning well-deserved praise for a package of stories called Why Cops Shoot. Since no government agency was keeping track of police shootings in Florida, the Times took on the task.


New Republic Editor Wins Hillman Prize for Child Care Feature

Jonathan Cohn will receive the 2014 Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism for “The Hell of American Daycare,” which exposed the national pattern of under-regulation when it comes to child care options, particularly for low-income parents.


Journalism in the Best Interest of the Child

A fortnight ago, the appeals court for the Second Appellate District in California invalidated a court order that had eased media access to Los Angeles County’s otherwise closed juvenile dependency hearings.


Open Child Welfare Courts Should Be Inevitability of Reform

by Ben Baeder If the public only knew how messed up things were for foster kids, people would insist on change. That’s the enduring — and possibly naïve — hope among those who know the children in foster care.


Journalism Center on Children & Families Announces 2013 Award Winners

The Casey Journalism Center on Children & Families, an organization based at the University of Maryland, announced the winners of the 2013 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism. The medals are awarded by a large panel of judges to celebrate the best reporting on children and families each year.

A Watched System


A Watched System: Experts and Youth Discuss Open Courts

On November 15, Fostering Media Connections held a town hall discussion at the University of California-Berkeley to discuss the arguments for and against the presence of media in juvenile dependency proceedings.


    Wexler’s Unorthodox Style Worth Studying

    The National Coalition for Child Protection Reform (NCCPR) was borne of a 1991 meeting in Cambridge, Mass., in which its founders decided it was necessary to create a single entity that would identify and challenge media coverage and what NCCPR Board President Martin Guggenheim described as a “powerful desire to blame the worst things that happen to children on their parents.”