Press Release: FMC’s Michael Fitzgerald Selected as 2018 Juvenile Justice Reporting Fellow by John Jay College’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice
New York, NY, October, 2018 — The Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College (CMCJ) has selected 33 journalists as Reporting Fellows for its fourth year-long program aimed at strengthening national reporting on juvenile justice.
The fellowship program, supported by The Tow Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will be launched Thursday, Oct 4th and Friday, Oct. 5th with a symposium at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, entitled Children and Justice: Unfinished Business.
Speakers scheduled for the symposium include: Elton Anglada, Assistant Chief of the Juvenile Unit, Philadelphia Defender’s Association; Cara Drinan, author of “The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost its Way; Kim Dvorchak, Executive Director, National Association of Counsel for Children; Carolyn Frazier, Children and Family Justice Center, Northwestern University; Marcy Mistrett, CEO of Campaign for Youth Justice; Vincent Schiraldi, former Commissioner, the New York City Department of Probation; and Karen Vastine, Senior Adviser to the Commissioner, Vermont Department for Children & Families.
“Over the past decade some 70 pieces of legislation in at least 36 states have enacted major reforms in areas ranging from raising the age of adult jurisdiction to removing youths from adult prisons,” said Stephen Handelman, Director of the CMCJ.
“This program is aimed at helping journalists take stock of what has been achieved so far, and get an early assessment of the work that still remains to be done.”
Since 2006, the Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice has promoted evidence-based reporting on criminal justice by bringing journalists together with policymakers, academics and practitioners for candid discussions and briefings on major justice topics of the day. Nearly 1,000 reporters, columnists, broadcasters and editors around the country have participated as Reporting Fellows to date. Many have produced prizewinning, policy-changing work. The Center publishes The Crime Report, the nation’s premiere daily criminal justice online news and resource site, www.thecrimereport.org
2018 John Jay/Juvenile Justice Reporting Fellows
(in Alphabetical Order)
Christina Acosta, Star-Democrat
Cary Aspinwall, Dallas Morning News
Ximena Alvarez, KENS-TV
LaTrina Antoine, DC Witness
Lincoln Blades, Teen Vogue
Ko Bragg, Jackson Free Press
Suzette Brewer, High Country News
Kelly Davis, Freelance
Chelsea Deffenbacher, Register-Guard
Tessa Duvall, Florida Times-Union
Ben Felder, The Oklahoman
Cassi Feldman, The Appeal
Jessica Fernandez, Univisión
Michael Fitzgerald, Chronicle of Social Change
Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press
Caitlin Herrington, The Journal
Jimmy Jenkins, KJZZ-public radio
Jaime Kristian, Bay Times
Daryl Khan, JJIE
Gene Koprovsky, Pacifica-PBS
Mario Leal, KENS-TV
Art Levine, freelance
Massarah Mikati, Houston Chronicle
Jessica Miller, Salt Lake Tribune
Jonah Newman, The Chicago Reporter
Clarissa Sosin, JJIE
Jaya Sundaresh, Mott Haven/Hunts Point Express
Grace Toohey, The Advocate
Joshua Vaughn, The Sentinel
Charlotte West, MIC/Denver
Del Wilber, Los Angeles Times
Spencer Whitney, San Francisco Chronicle
Dandan Zou, Calvert Recorder
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 Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private philanthropy that creates a brighter future for the nation’s children by developing solutions to strengthen families, build paths to economic opportunity and transform struggling communities into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow. For more information, visit https://www.aecf.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.
- Victoria Rocha