January 3, 2012

INN Announces New Member Focusing on Juvenile Justice Issues

The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange has joined the Investigative News Network, a growing consortium of some 60 news organizations in North America.

JJIE is a news source and conversation hub for juvenile justice and the related areas of child welfare, mental health and public education. Since its launch in 2010, JJIE.org has grown into a national powerhouse for convening informed conversations around youth justice issues.

“We are excited about having JJIE and Kennesaw State University as part of the network,” said Kevin Davis, CEO and Executive Director of INN. “Juvenile justice issues are chronically underreported by the mainstream media and we are delighted to help bring high quality and persistent coverage of this important area.”

JJIE.org’s goal is to help the general public, practitioners, educators, parents, youth, policymakers and lawmakers better understand juvenile justice issues both singularly and as a part of the larger child welfare, mental health and educational ecosystem. Its readership has consistently grown 20 percent per month.

“Joining the INN collaboration is a logical step in the JJIE.org’s movement into a national news organization covering youth justice issues,” said JJIE.org Executive Director Leonard Witt, who calls juvenile justice the civil rights issue of our time.

“Of course, we will be exchanging stories with INN organizations coast to coast and editor John Fleming is planning cooperative reporting and investigative journalism projects with interested INN members,” Witt added. “We are confident everyone will prosper by this relationship.”

JJIE.org is a division the Center for Sustainable Journalism housed at Kennesaw State University. Located just outside of Atlanta with 22,000 students, it is Georgia’s third largest university. The Center is made possible thanks to a sustainable gift from the Harnisch Foundation. HTTP://thehf.org/

INN was founded in 2009 to help the increasing number of nonprofit newsrooms to pool resources, promote editorial collaborations and more widely distribute their work. INN is composed of nonprofit organizations that produce nonpartisan investigative and public service journalism on a local, regional and national basis.

All INN members produce original long-form and ongoing stories and data that keep communities informed on the issues that affect them most