The Council on Contemporary Families (CCF) is pleased to present its Eleventh Annual Media Awards at 12:00 on Friday, April 5th at the Newman Alumni Center, University of Miami, Miami, FL, at the CCF annual conference, Immigrant Families as They Really Are. The media awards honor outstanding journalism that contributes to the public understanding of contemporary family issues. Honorees are invited to speak for five minutes on emerging issues affecting American families and how CCF members and supporters can help the media cover these stories effectively.
A 2013 Award for Print Coverage of Family Issues goes to Ada Calhoun for “Mommy Had to Go Away for a While,” which appeared in the New York Times Magazine and ran online as “The Criminalization of Bad Mothers.” The story explored the “chemical endangerment” prosecutions of mothers in Alabama who did drugs while pregnant within the context of the “fetal personhood” movement. Mainstream media were reluctant to cover this complex issue because of its “unsympathetic” subjects. Jurors praised the way that Calhoun’s balanced and solidly researched presentation compels readers to reconsider their biases about pregnant women and the involvement of the criminal justice system in their lives.
A second 2013 Award for Print Coverage of Family Issues goes to Tracy Clark-Flory, staff writer at Salon, for her writing about sex and relationships, specifically her blog posts “Finding Your Kid’s Porn,” “Let Grandma Have Sex,” and “Abstinence Isn’t Working.” Jurors commended Clark-Flory’s ability to discuss contemporary sexuality in a provocative but thoughtful way, and to contextualize it across generations and geography. We feel that her ability to connect individual stories with published data and broader scholarship engages readers of all kinds—parents, teachers, and the general public—in important conversations.
The 2013 Award for Broadcast Coverage of Family Issues goes to Dan Carsen, Senior Reporter at the Southern Education Desk, WBHM Radio in Birmingham, Alabama, for a series of radio stories, including “Student Hunger over the Holidays,” the two-part “From Failure to National Model: The George Hall Elementary Turnaround,” and “New Wave of School Integration in Birmingham, Alabama” (for National Public Radio). An online print component of each story is accompanied by Carsen’s photographs, and his on-the-ground years of teaching in a similar school infuse them with lively authenticity. Upbeat but far from candy-coated, these stories are an important contribution to the national discourse about the family-school nexus and the reform and role of schools in underserved communities.
About the CCF Media Awards
The CCF media awards were established in 2002 as part of the Council’s commitment to enhancing the public understanding of trends in American family life. “All too often, changes in U.S. family patterns are painted in stark, better-or-worse terms that ignore the nuanced and complex realities of family life today. The Awards Committee looked for articles that put individual family issues in larger social context. This kind of coverage offers the public a balanced picture of the trade-offs, strengths and weaknesses in many different family arrangements and structures,” explained Stephanie Coontz, CCF’s Co-Chair and Director of Research and Public Education. The CCF media awards committee will call for nominations for the 2013 awards in the fall. Please visit contemporaryfamilies.org for information.
About the CCF 16th Annual Conference
The Council on Contemporary Families’ 16th Annual Conference: “Immigrant Families as They Really Are,” convenes experts on youth well-being and international adoption, parenting and intimate relationships, fertility, sexuality, and partner selection, transnational families, and interventions for immigrant families that work. The conference will be held at the University of Miami Newman Alumni Center on April 5 and 6, 2013 and is hosted by the University of Miami School of Education and Human Development.
The Council on Contemporary Families is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of family researchers, mental health and social practitioners, and clinicians dedicated to providing the press and public with the latest research and best practice findings about American families. It was founded in 1996 and is based at the University of Miami School of Education and Human Development.
For more information, or to receive future fact sheets and briefing papers from the Council, contact Stephanie Coontz, Co-Chair and Director of Research and Public Education of CCF and Professor of History and Family Studies at the Evergreen State College, at firstname.lastname@example.org; 360-352-8117.