26 Journalist Fellows Chosen to Strengthen Reporting on Juvenile Justice

26 Journalist Fellows Chosen to Strengthen Reporting on Juvenile Justice

26 Journalist Fellows Chosen to Strengthen Reporting on Juvenile Justice

--- Fellowship program to be launched at symposium on Children & the Law, June 13-14 ---

New York, NY, May 2016 --- The Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College (CMCJ) has selected 26 journalists as Reporting Fellows for its third year-long program aimed at strengthening reporting on juvenile justice during the election year.

The fellowship program, sponsored by The Tow Foundation, will be launched Monday, June 13th and Tuesday, June 14th 2016 with a symposium at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, entitled Children and the Law: Reporting on the Changing Culture of Juvenile Justice.

Speakers at the workshop include: The Honorable Dannel P. Malloy, Governor of Connecticut; Dean Esserman, Chief of New Haven, CT Police Department; Captain Merrill Ladenheim, Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department, Human Trafficking Bureau; Fred Ryan, Chief of Police, Arlington, MA; and Vincent Schiraldi, Senior Research Fellow, Director of the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  

“Election year in the United States is a critical time for journalists to explore and publish excellent investigative work on the progress—or lack of it—of juvenile justice reforms,” said Stephen Handelman, Director of the CMCJ. “Our program connects reporters with the experts in the field so that they can inform the public of the choices ahead.” 

Earlier programs on juvenile justice reporting, co-sponsored by the Tow Foundation, were held in 2012 and 2014.  Nearly 800 reporters and editors from around the country have participated in CMCJ Fellowship programs since 2007.  Many have produced prizewinning, policy-changing work.

2016 John Jay/Solutions Journalism Network Fellows

(in Alphabetical Order)

Jeremy Arias                            Frederick News-Post

Sarah Barr                                Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE)

Ron Berler                               Freelance

Edith Brady-Lunny                  The Pantagraph

Elyssa Cherney                        Orlando Sentinel

Sara Corbett                             New York Times Magazine

Tessa Duvall                            Florida Times-Union

Judy D.J. Ellich                      Daily American

Erica L. Green                        Baltimore Sun

Kate Howard                          KYCIR-Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Archie Ingersoll                       The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead

Jimmy Jenkins                        KJZZ public radio, Phoenix

Caitlin Johnson                       SparkAction/Freelance

Anne   Jungen                         La Crosse Tribune

Rebecca Klein                        Huffington Post

Juleyka Lantigua-Williams      The Atlantic

Rachel Lippmann        St. Louis Public Radio

Maya  Miller                           Jackson Free Press

Irene   Plagianos                     DNAinfo New York

Kristy  Plaza                            WitnessLA

Casey  Quinlan                        ThinkProgress

Nissa Rhee                              The Christian Science Monitor

Scott Selmer                            Columbia Journalism School

Jennifer Swift                         DC Witness

Alana Victor                           Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE)

Danielle Wolffe                      Freelance


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 15,000 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 www.jjay.cuny.edu.

The Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College fosters quality, in-depth reporting on the criminal justice system. Operated by working journalists, it provides training and skills assistance to reporters at every level around the country, and nurtures the work of young and distinguished journalists on the new frontiers of the media industry. The Center publishes a daily website, The Crime Report, hosts “Criminal Justice Matters,” a monthly discussion program on CUNY-TV, and sponsors the nation’s only prize for criminal justice journalism. For more information, visit http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/center-media-crime-justice or www.thecrimereport.org.

The Tow Foundation, established in 1988 by Leonard and Claire Tow, funds projects that offer transformative experiences to individuals and create collaborative ventures in fields where they see opportunities for breakthroughs, reform, and benefits for underserved populations. Investments focus on the support of innovative programs and system reform in the areas of juvenile and criminal justice, groundbreaking medical research, higher education, and cultural institutions. For more information, visit www.towfoundation.org.