Dr. John Deasy, Los Angeles School Superintendent, and Tracie Keesee, Co-Founder of the Center of Policing Equity, to Speak on Juvenile Justice at John Jay College

Dr. John Deasy, Los Angeles School Superintendent, and Tracie Keesee, Co-Founder of the Center of Policing Equity, to Speak on Juvenile Justice at John Jay College

Dr. John Deasy, Los Angeles School Superintendent, and Tracie Keesee, Co-Founder of the Center of Policing Equity, to Speak on Juvenile Justice at John Jay College

New York, NY, September 22, 2014 --- Dr. John Deasy, Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, and Tracie Keesee, co-founder of the Center of Policing Equity, head the list of speakers at the second media symposium on juvenile justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City on October 6 and 7.

The symposium on “Kids, Crime & Justice: Progress or Paralysis?” features a prestigious group of speakers, including Shaena Fazal, National Policy Director of Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.; Laurence Steinberg, Professor, Temple University; Marc Schindler, Executive Director, Justice Policy Institute; and Linda Tucci Teodosio, Judge, Summit County Ohio Juvenile Court.

Twenty-Five U.S. journalists from print, online and broadcast outlets have been awarded Reporting Fellowships to attend the conference.

The unique fellowships, organized by John Jay’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ), are aimed at promoting top-quality journalism on juvenile justice issues. The first juvenile justice reporting fellowship program was organized by CMCJ and Tow in 2012.

“In today’s debates on criminal justice, how we deal with troubled young people often gets lost on the national agenda,” said Stephen Handelman, director of the CMCJ, which organizes the symposium. “We’ve selected some of the best journalists in the country to drive better reporting on these issues.”

As part of this year’s fellowship, the journalists will participate in special workshops on using social media and data visualization to engage wider audiences. The workshops will be led by instructors at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism: veteran journalists Sandeep Junnarkar, Director of interactive journalism; and Amanda Hickman, Director of Data Mining.

The Reporting Fellows were selected from a wide pool of applicants based on editors’ recommendations and on reporting projects currently underway or in the planning stage that relate to the juvenile justice topics to be explored at the 2014 conference.

The Fellows will receive financial assistance or stipends to enable them to attend the conference and related events. Overall support for the conference and fellowships comes from the Tow Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Ford Foundation and the Public Welfare Foundation. These organizations did not participate in the review or selection of the Fellows.

The 2014 Tow Juvenile Justice Fellows are listed below.


2014 John Jay/Tow Foundation Reporting Fellows

(in Alphabetical Order)


Tobie Baker, The Cortez Journal

Karen De Sa, San Jose Mercury News

Hannah Garcia, Law Week Colorado

Gary Gately, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Heather Gilligan, California Health Report

Matthew Green, KQED

Nathan Hardin, Fayetteville Observer

Justin Higginbottom, Independent Journalist

Carrie Johnson, NPR

Michael Simon Johnson, Futuro Media

Molly Knefel, Independent Journalist

Hannah Levintova, Mother Jones

Lauren Loricchio, The Baltimore Sun

Allison Manning, The Columbus Dispatch

Thomasi McDonald, The News & Observer

Kathleen McGrory, The Miami Herald

Melissa Repko, The Dallas Morning-News

Abigail Sewell, The Los Angeles Times

Deborah Shelton, Independent Journalist

Patrick Smith, WBEZ

Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, Christian Science Monitor

Christopher Williams,The Sun Journal

Annie Wu, Epoch Times

Morgan Zalot, Philadelphia Daily News 

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 nationsIn 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, visitjohnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/files.

The Center on Media, Crime and Justice, established at John Jay College in 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. For more information, visit http://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/files/cmcj or www.thecrimereport.org

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