John Jay College To Award Criminal Justice Reporting

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By: E&P Staff

The John Jay College of Criminal Justice, part of The City University of New York, announced Tuesday the establishment of an annual print journalism award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting. The award is designed to encourage and recognize outstanding journalistic efforts that enhance the public’s understanding of issues related to crime in America.

The deadline for entries is Oct. 15, and the first award will be presented at a symposium on Crime in America, to be held at the college Dec. 15-16.

The John Jay Award will be given for work that advances the public’s understanding of crime in America and comes with a $2,000 prize. Stories or series related to police issues, corrections, prisoner reentry, courts, or some other aspect of the criminal justice system are eligible.

Entries must be submitted no later than Oct. 15, and should include five copies no larger than 11×17 inches. They may be accompanied by a one-page cover letter outlining the difficulties faced during the reporting of the piece or series. Entries should be sent to Sinead Keegan, Office of the President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City College of New York, 899 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10019.

The December symposium is the first in a series of activities undertaken by the Institute on Crime and Journalism that will be housed at John Jay College and sponsored by the college in partnership with two other university-based organizations: the Institute for Justice and Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California; and Criminal Justice Journalists, University of Pennsylvania.

The symposium will draw together academicians, journalists from across the country, law enforcement and criminal justice officials, students and members of the general public. It will take place during two days, with six sessions covering such topics as understanding crime statistics, national crime trends, and resources for journalists.

Journalists are invited to attend the Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium. For further information, please contact Sinead Keegan at (212) 237 8604 or by e-mail

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