Welcome to the Newsletter on Children & Families Journalism

Introducing the Children & Family News website, bringing you examples of excellent and timely journalism.

Everyone was a child and part of a family. Too often, these kinds of stories get shunted to a printed page farther in the back or many clicks down the webpage.

But these stories matter. The rising autism rate, juvenile crime, school shootings, vaccinations, heroin addiction, child immigrants, paid maternity leave, daycare, food allergies, poverty. The list goes on and on.

Journalists should “give voice to the voiceless.” That statement is one of many in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics and it is both important and valuable.

Reporters, editors and multi media journalists strive to do that every day. However, the stories that matter most, are often about the people who seem to matter least: children in poverty, immigrant families, the sick, etc. Journalists must find and cover their stories. We are better as people when we do.

Beyond giving voice, journalists need to amplify the stories of the voiceless. That is where this website comes in.

For 20 years, the Casey Center on Children and Families at the University of Maryland amplified such journalism stories and projects. They provided resources for journalists on all kinds of topics, such as juvenile crime, maternal health, rising autism rates, school testing, child welfare and vaccinations. The Center closed in 2014 when funding was depleted, and a void was created in journalistic coverage of these issues.

Then came the Presidential Election of 2016 and all the oxygen was sucked out of the journalism air and diverted mostly towards politics.

This website is an attempt to spotlight the important and nuanced journalism about children and family journalism. Please follow and and feel free to submit any excellent examples you come across to quigleyk@rowan.edu.