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Past Events

October 2014

CMCJ hosted a two-day event, the “Kids, Crime and Justice Symposium” on October 6 & 7, 2014 at John Jay College.  This project supported by the Tow Foundation, also provided for 25 journalists’ fellows to participate in a fellowship aimed at promoting top-quality journalism on juvenile justice issues. This one-year fellowship is helping journalists to identify and report on current developments in the juvenile justice system, and is briefing them on the significant political, legal and research trends that can inform their reporting. The fellowship program in October also included a half-day workshop offered by CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on improving story impact through social media and data visualization techniques. For information on this reporting fellowship and symposium, please click here.

February 2014

The 2014 H.F. Guggenheim Symposium, on the state of “Crime in America,” on February 10 & 11, 2014. More than 35 top practitioners, academics and private-sector leaders joined 20 journalists for two days of candid discussion on the lingering failures and inequities of the system and the economic impact those failures have had –not just on those who are released from prison, but on their families and neighborhoods— at the 9th annual John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.  For more details on the “Justice and Prosperity: Reviving the Economic Potential of America’s Justice-Involved Communities and Individuals (and the Role of the Press)”symposium, please click here.

October 2013

Health Behind Bars: What Obamacare means for Courts, Prisons, Jail and the Justice-Involved (And How To Report The Story)” John Jay College, New York City, October 21 & 22, 2013.  The conference supported by The Langeloth Foundation included meetings with leading policymakers, researchers, a field reporting visit, and skills assistance in developing and interpreting data and other resources. For details, click here


September 2013

Lost : A conversation between Rachel Lloyd, Executive Director of GEMS, and Robert Kolker, author of Lost Girls: An Unsolved American  A podcast of this event will be online soon, stay tuned.

February 2013

The 2013 H.F. Guggenheim Conference on Crime in America
For detailed conference information, please click here.

John Jay College, HF Guggenheim Prize for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting 2012-2013
For further information, please click here


October 2012

CMCJ hosted a screening of documentary film “The House I Live In” on America’s drug war. A Q&A session was also held with the film director Eugene Jarecki on October 3rd, 2012. For details on the documentary, please click here

May 2012

“Jailed Without Conviction?: The Clash Between Due Process and Public Safety, What the Media Needs to Know Symposium”

This event, supported by the Public Welfare Foundation, brought together 22 journalists on May 13-15, 2012 to explore the pre-trial justice system in depth and help journalists produce more informed coverage on the topic.  For information, please click here.

April  2012

“Kids Behind Bars: Where’s the Justice in America’s Juvenile Justice System? Covering the Juvenile Justice Reform Debate in 2012,” symposium held on Monday, April 23 and April 24, 2012, and was sponsored by The Tow Foundation.  For more information, please click here.

February 2012

2012 John Jay College/H.F. Guggenheim, Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Awards

Trevor Aaronson of Mother Jones won in single-story category for “The Informants: How The FBI has built a massive network of spies to prevent another domestic attack. But are they busting terrorist plots—or leading them?”   Gina Barton of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel won series category for “Both Sides of the Law,” a multi-part series about lawbreakers on the Milwaukee police force.

Read the Mother Jones Magazine Story here.
Read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Story here.

The 2012 Harry F. Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America on “The Problem That Won’t Go Away: How Drugs, Race and Mass Incarceration Have Distorted American Justice (and What To Do About It).” For more information, please click here.


May 2 and 3, 2011

“The Future of California’s Three Strikes Law: Reform, Repeal or the Status Quo? How can the Media Stay Ahead of the Story?” took place on Monday, May 2, and Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at the Davidson Center on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.  The event, supported by the Public Welfare Foundation, brought together 25 of California’s leading journalists and editors together with criminal justice practitioners, scholars, legal authorities, public officials and NGOs for candid discussions on the law and its impact, for more information, please click here

February 2011

New York Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer Investigative Team win the 2011 John Jay Criminal Justice Reporting Awards.

Read the New York Magazine story here.
Read the Philadelphia Inquirer story here.

The 2011 Harry F. Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America

For the 2011 symposium details, please click here.


Older Events (Prior to 2011)

CMCJ/Pew Advanced Journalism Seminars
For more information on these seminars, please click here.

Tribal Justice: Reporting on Crime in Native America.  For more information please click here

Media, Violence, Aggression: Troubling Linkages.  For more information,  please click here.