The 2007 Casey Journalism awards
are out, including a ton of great work around children, youth, and
family issues. As you'll see, the awardees make for some tough reading.
This is no Paris Hilton goes to jail type of journalism. But it's worth
it. Some of my favorites include Jean Rimbach and Kathleen Carroll, The
(Bergen) Record, Lessons in Waste. A four-month
investigation into fraud and waste in New Jerseys preschool program
the most ambitious and expensive in the nation demonstrates masterful
dissection of records, crowned with skilled storytelling. Jennifer
Torres, The (Stockton) Record, "A Future in the Fields."
The series explores the benefits and barriers in schooling nearly
11,000 children of migrant farm laborers in San Joaquin County. And two
hometown stars -- Stephanie Banchero, Chicago Tribune, Doing the Home Work.
Too few stories focus on the plight of single fathers; this one is
beautifully written, meticulously researched, unflinching and fair. And
Julia McEvoy and Chicago Public Radio staff, "Chicago Matters: Valuing Education"
This yearlong project provides a powerful public service, accomplished
with depth, breadth and creativity. In addition to the radio
presentations, the production team convened community outreach
meetings, developed a mentorship program for rookie reporters and
launched an interactive Web site complete with blogs, essays and
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