VIOLENCE IN AMERICA
Is America a violent country? On an average day, 96 Americans are killed by guns. Mass shootings, such as the Parkland Fl., school tragedy and the October, 2018 massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, continue to make headlines.
These tragic incidents also form part of the background climate for arguments made, primarily by the administration, that violent crime and “carnage” have re-emerged as threats to Americans’ public safety.
Yet the data also suggest that violent crime rates are continuing to decline, albeit with important exceptions.
How does the U.S. public sift through these apparently contradictory realities—and how can the media provide the important context for public policy debates that can address them?
The John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation is sponsoring a year-long Reporting Fellowship aimed at bringing journalists together with criminologists, practitioners, and experts in the field to go behind the headlines, and explore the varied forms of violence and conflict in the U.S., from mass shootings and hate crimes to prison violence and domestic abuse, their intersection with the justice system, and best practices in intervention and prevention.
Up to 25 journalists from U.S.-based print, online or broadcast media will be selected for the Fellowship.
In addition, up to four Fellowships will be offered to investigative journalists examining flaws in the U.S. justice system by the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania.
Both Fellowship programs kick off with a two-day Symposium at John Jay College in New York on Feb 21-22, 2019. The annual Symposium on Crime in America is one of the signature, prestigious events in the country’s criminal justice calendar. It is the only national forum that brings together journalists, practitioners, advocates, and scholars for candid conversations about emerging criminal justice challenges.
Violence will be be one of several themes explored at the 2019 symposium. Another major topical theme will be an exploration of the impact and debate over technology in criminal justice, from police body cameras to artificial intelligence. Prospective fellows can also submit project ideas in this topic area and others.
A complete agenda will be available later this year.
The annual Symposium on Crime in America is one of the signature, prestigious events in the country’s criminal justice calendar. It is the only national forum that brings together journalists, practitioners, advocates, and scholars for candid conversations about emerging criminal justice challenges.
Selected fellows will receive an all-expense trip to New York City to attend the conference.
The 2019 Symposium will also again be the setting for our John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Annual Awards for Excellence in Criminal Justice (for single story and series), and for our annual dinner honoring a “Justice Trailblazer” in the media or a media-related field, who has contributed significantly to the nation’s ongoing debate about justice.
(Applicants should make clear in the form which Fellowship they are applying to.)
NOTE: Information about the Quattrone Fellowship is available here. Applicants for the Quattrone may also be considered for the Guggenheim.
The 2019 symposium is organized by John Jay’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice, and supported with a grant from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Additional support will come from the Pew Public Safety Performance Project and the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice.