Center on Media, Crime & Justice at John Jay College

“The Only Security of All is in a Free Press”

A member of the Research Consortium of John Jay College

Our Mission

The Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ), housed at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) since 2006, publishes The Crime Report in collaboration with Criminal Justice Journalists, the only U.S. association of working crime and justice reporters.

The CMCJ is the nation’s only practice- and research-oriented think tank devoted to encouraging and developing high-quality reporting on criminal justice, and to promoting better-informed public debate on the complex 21st-century challenges of law enforcement, public security and justice in a globalized urban society.

The Center provides a non-partisan forum for discussion, networking and information-sharing between the media and the criminal justice community both in the U.S. and abroad, including academics, practitioners and non-government organizations.

We organize seminars, training workshops and conferences, specialized research and fellowships for media students, professionals and editors working in print, broadcast, magazine and online. We provide a key link between cutting-edge research and best practices in the field and the media community. Our activities include: sponsorship of the annual John Jay Prize for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting, and an annual survey of major crime stories and coverage.

The Center’s projects and workshops are funded by individual foundations. Past and present supporters include: the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Langeloth Foundation, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Tow Foundation, the Pew Public Safety Performance Project, and the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice.