July 25, 2011
The Seattle Times’ “Invisible Families” reporting project, which grew out of the Center for Strategic Communications Project on Family Homelessness, was honored for its outstanding reporting by the Associated Press Managing Editors organization (APME). The APME’s 2011 Journalism Excellence Awards, announced July 14, recognized “Invisible Families” in the Online Convergence category for reporting that makes effective use of both print and online media. Barry Mitzman is the director of the Center for Strategic Communications.“With digital tools and partnerships,” the Times series “elevated the issue of homeless families and their particularly painful struggles,” the judges said. The series received an honorable mention in competition with projects at other large newspapers across the nation.The Project on Family Homelessness links professional journalists with students to report about family homelessness and foster greater public understanding of its causes and cures. Six teams of journalists working with eight student research assistants participated in 2010. The fellowships and student scholarships were made possible by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “This award acknowledges the power of journalism to move an issue into the forefront of public awareness,” Mitzman said. “It is especially gratifying that our students had the opportunity to work with practicing journalists to produce award-winning work.”APME is an association of editors at AP’s 1,400 member newspapers in the United States and newspapers served by the Canadian Press in Canada. The awards will be presented at the group’s annual conference in September in Denver.In acknowledgment of its work, the Center for Strategic Communications received a second grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand the project.The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees, including degrees in communication studies, journalism, and strategic communication in the Communication Department.
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