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Call for Entries to the 2008 Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Awards Competition

New York, NY – September 17, 2008 – John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Center on Media, Crime and Justice are encouraging all print crime reporters to submit their entries for two annual awards which recognize excellence in criminal justice reporting. Established in 2005, the Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Awards will be given in two categories – single story and series reporting.

Print journalists are encouraged to submit stories which were published between November 1, 2007 and October 31, 2008. The deadline to submit entries is November 10, 2008. A cash prize of $1,000 accompanies each award.

A panel of distinguished journalists and academics will judge the entries. The awards will be presented at a luncheon during the Harry Frank Guggenheim Annual Symposium on Crime in America on February 2–3, 2009.

In 2007, the award for best series went to Susan Greene and Miles Moffeit of the Denver Post for a four-part series entitled “Trashing the Truth,” that exposed how authorities in Colorado Springs, and nationwide, undermine justice by discarding and destroying criminal evidence The award for best story went to Gary Fields of the Wall Street Journal for “Titled Scales,” which examined the separate and unequal nature of justice for one million Native Americans living on reservations.

For full details on eligibility criteria and the entry form, please visit the Center on Media Crime & Justice website or contact Cara Tabachnick, Associate Director, 212.484.1175, ctabachnick@jjay.cuny.edu

About the Center on Media Crime and Justice:The Center promotes and encourages quality, in-depth reporting on criminal justice, and brings journalists together with scholars and practitioners to help broaden public understanding of the trends, problems and issues relating to crime and justice in 21st Century society.

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law.  For more information, visit http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/.