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JOURN Prof. Houston Recognized by Investigative Reports and Editors
Investigative Reporters and Editors has named CU-CitizenAccess a 2012 Award winner in the small multiplatform category for its collaborative project with Hoy Chicago looking at changing demographics in Central Illinois.
Knight Chair Brant Houston and Pam Dempsey, the CitizenAccess project coordinator, worked with Hoy contributors Jeffrey Kelly Lowenstein, Samuel Vega, Roger Morales and Fernando Diaz to produce a web report and a 16-page bilingual supplement distributed last fall in Chicago and Champaign-Urbana.
"We deeply appreciate the recognition of a journalism project that focused on the profound changes and issues in Central Illinois and showed the strength of collaboration among journalists and their organizations," said Houston. "We also want to thank all those who helped jump-start CU-CitizenAccess.org with funding and for the continued support of the College of Media."
The online news site began with funding from the Marajen Stevick Foundation, the University of Illinois and a matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. CU-CitizenAccess.org also works closely with The New-Gazette and Illinois Public Media on community stories.
CitizenAccess was also a finalist in IRE's student category for its work on stories about the way college campuses treat mental health issues.Those stories were done through the Investigative Journalism Education Consortium in collaboration with the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication; Ball Sate Department of Journalism; School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University; Chicago Talks and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Columbia College, Chicago.