New York, NY – December 15, 2005 — Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice together with Jack Rosenthal, President of The New York Times Foundation presented the first “Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting” Awards. The winners were: David Bernstein of the Boston Phoenix in the individual article category and Sarah Huntley, Lou Kilzer, Linda McConnell of the Rocky Mountain News in the series category.
David Bernstein of the Boston Phoenix won the 2005 Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting for his individual article, “The Worst Homicide Squad in the Country” which examined the low clearance rates for homicides in Boston.
Sarah Huntley, Lou Kilzer, and Linda McConnell of the Rocky Mountain News won the 2005 Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting for their series, “Battered Justice.” In this four-part series, these reporters exposed serious flaws and questions about the effectiveness of the methods used by the criminal justice system in Colorado and elsewhere to fight domestic violence in the last 20 years.
Each winner received a $1,000 prize, which John Jay College of Criminal Justice presented to them in recognition of their reporting efforts.
“The Boston Phoenix’s and the Rocky Mountain News’ work were very important pieces of journalism–highlighting issues of critical importance to their community,” said President Travis.
In addition, the panel of five judges gave honorable mention to two other papers for their outstanding work:
· Judi Villa of the Arizona Republic for her news report “Adult Prisons Harden Teens.”
· Flynn McRoberts, Steve Mills and Maurice Possley of the Chicago Tribune for their series “Forensics Under the Microscope.”
“Reporting on criminal justice issues is one of the most serious responsibilities that American journalists have, and these award recipients show that newspapers, large and small, do take it seriously,” said President Travis.
The 2005 Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Awards were selected by a distinguished panel of judges including Ted Gest, Panel Chair, retired US News & World Report reporter, and President, Criminal Justice Journalists; Jennifer Gonnerman, Staff Writer, The Village Voice; Delores Jones-Brown, Professor of Law and Police Science and Interim Director of the Center for Race, Crime, and Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; David Krajicek, First Vice President, Criminal Justice Journalists; and Steve Montiel, Director, Institute for Justice and Journalism, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California.
The Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Awards were established by John Jay College of Criminal Justice to honor journalists whose reporting informs and enhances the public’s understanding of issues related to crime in America.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York is an international leader in educating for justice. It offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 14,000 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.
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