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The Council on Contemporary Families (CCF) is pleased to present its Twelfth Annual Media Awards at 12:30pm on Friday, April 25th at the Newman Alumni Center, University of Miami, Miami, FL, at the CCF annual conference, Families as They Really Are: How Digital Technologies are Changing the Way Families Live and Love. The media awards honor outstanding journalism that contributes to the public understanding of contemporary family issues.
The 2014 Award for Print Coverage of Family Issues goes to Lois Collins for her “Living Lonely” series, which appeared in the Salt Lake City Deseret News. Collins used the original and provocative lens of loneliness to explore how contemporary American society supports, or fails to support, older Americans, refugees, and people isolated by caregiving for a severely disabled family member. Jurors praised the way the series highlighted social ties that expand the conventional definition of “family,” Collins’ wide-ranging research, and the handsome multimedia presentation of each story. The project was enhanced by photography and videography from Deseret News’ Jeffrey Allred. Collins is an enterprising reporter who covers family issues, including health, parenting and aging issues. This is her second CCF media award. She is married and has two teenage daughters.
Collins will attend the CCF conference and will offer brief remarks when she accepts this award at luncheon for participants of the conference.
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 Director of Research and Public Education. The CCF media awards committee will call for nominations for the 2014 awards in the fall. Please visit contemporaryfamilies.org for information.
The Council on Contemporary Families’ 17th Annual Conference: “Families as They Really Are: How Digital Technologies are Changing the Way Families Live and Love,” convenes experts on topics ranging from romance on the internet to divorced families and digital strategies for staying connected. Other topics include digital impact on adoption, donor–shared siblings, aging, school performance, parenting, infidelity, family conflicts, and bullying. The conference will be held at the University of Miami Newman Alumni Center on April 25 – 26, 2014 and is hosted by the University of Miami School of Education and Human Development.
CCF and how CCF assists journalists: 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.