|Monday, July 29, 2013|
|DCS coverage honored with national APME award|
The Tennessean’s coverage of the Department of Children’s Services first place in its circulation category and received the
First Amendment Award in the annual Associated Press
Media Editors’ Journalism Excellence Awards for its ongoing coverage of the Department of
Children’s Services and the agency’s handling of cases involving
children who died or nearly died.
A state lawmaker’s concern about
children’s deaths prompted an ongoing Tennessean investigation into how
the department oversees children under its watch. More than 200
children who had prior contact with the department have died or had a
“near-fatality event” since January 2009, and more than 70 died last
The Tennessean has detailed how the department broke the law
by not reporting deaths to lawmakers and failed to keep accurate
fatality statistics. The reporting also showed how the department
allowed thousands of child abuse hotline calls to go unanswered and
struggled to handle a spike in violence at youth detention centers.
the state refused to release information, The Tennessean organized a
coalition of news organizations and filed a lawsuit against the
department seeking access to the records on child fatalities and
Read the full story at Tennessean.com and learn more about all the APME awards here.
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