Friday, October 22 2010

Seattle Journalists Uncover Family Homelessness

Through Seattle University's Journalism Fellowships and Scholarships on Family Homelessness, six Northwest journalists and teams of journalists have paired with eight Seattle University students to study and report on family homelessness in Washington State. The program is made possible by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

On October 21, 2010, several of the Journalism Fellows participated in a panel presentation and discussion at Seattle's Town Hall. Watch footage from the event via The Seattle Channel:


Recent projects by the Fellows include:

Carol Smith’s most recent report on homeless school-age children focuses on the developmental and educational impacts. Smith also produced a nine-minute story of young individuals talking about what it’s like to live at The Landing, a shelter for homeless youth. "Homeless Youth: Stories From The Streets Of King County" aired during The Conversation with Ross Reynolds on October 18, 2010 on KUOW 94.9 FM, which followed up with a discussion on policy issues surrounding kids aging out of foster care and becoming homeless.

Lee Hochberg's PBS Newshour story on rising homelessness among school-age children and the challenges that face public schools trying to accommodate them aired on PBS NewsHour on October 4, 2010.

Dominic Black's radio documentaries, exploring stories of family homelessness and recovery, were featured on KUOW's Weekday with Steve Scher on October 1, 2010.

Photographer Dan Lamont's series on Homeless Families in Rural Washington was featured as a companion to Dominic Black's radio documentaries.

Seattle Times Journalism Fellows’ Invisible Families: the homeless you don’t see is a multi-part series exploring family homelessness. Published August 29-31, 2010, the series includes in-depth articles and a photo and video gallery based on interviews with homeless families and the people who work with them. A number of local news partners and neighborhood blogs published related stories. The Seattle Times team included Lornet Turnbull, reporter; Nina Pardo, communities coordinator; Erika Schultz and Danny Gawlowski, photographers.

For more information about these projects and Seattle University's Journalism Fellowships and Scholarships on Family Homelessness, contact Catherine Hinrichsen, , or the Seattle University Center for Strategic Communications at (206) 296-2034.