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The Center on Media, Crime and Justice, housed at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) since 2006, is the nation's only practice- and research-oriented think tank devoted to encouraging and developing high-quality reporting on criminal justice, and to promoting better-informed public debate on the complex 21st-century challenges of law enforcement, public security and justice in a globalized urban society.

Our Mission
The Center provides a non-partisan forum for discussion, networking and information-sharing between the media and the criminal justice community both in the U.S. and abroad, including academics, practitioners and non-government organizations. We offer seminars, training workshops and courses, conferences, specialized research and fellowships for media students, professionals and editors working in print, broadcast, magazine and online. We provide a key link between cutting-edge research and best practices in the field and the media community. Activities include: sponsorship of the annual John Jay Prize for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting, and an annual survey of major crime stories and coverage.

Our Partners
The Center operates in partnership with: Criminal Justice Journalists (CJJ), the only U.S. association of working crime and justice reporters; the Institute for Justice and Journalism (IJJ) at USC Annenberg School for Communication; and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York. We also collaborate with other specialist academic centers at John Jay as well as professional media and criminal justice organizations around the U.S.. Funding currently comes from the Ford Foundation and the Harry F. Guggenheim Foundation.


The Times-Picayune and Mother Jones Magazine win 2013 John Jay College/H.F. Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Awards

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Times-Picayne Story
Mother Jones Story

Smart Justice
Changing How We Think About Crime and Punishment

Guggenheim Symposium
February 4 & 5 2013
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 West 59th Street
New York, New York

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Mother Jones Magazine Win 2012 John Jay College/H.F. Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Awards

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Read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Story here.

Kids Behind Bars:CMCJ/Tow Foundation symposium on Juvenile Justice. For more information, click here

Jailed Without Conviction? CMCJ/Public Welfare Fellowships on Pre-Trial Detention. For program information click here

2012 Harry F. Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America,
"The Problem That Won't Go Away: How Drugs, Race and Mass Incarceration Have Distorted American Justice (and What To Do About It)." For more information, click here.

Gun Violence Reporting Workshop. For more information click here.

CMCJ/Pew Advanced Journalism Seminars
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New York Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer Investigative Team Win 2011 John Jay Criminal Justice Reporting Awards

Read the New York Magazine story here.
Read the Philadelphia Inquirer story here.

NY Times Columnist Bob Herbert speaks about the importance of criminal justice journalism (Watch video)

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