NLIHC is pleased to announce that staff writers of the Observer-Reporter will receive the 2014 Media Award for the series, “No Place to Call Home.” The Observer-Reporter is a daily newspaper of southwestern Pennsylvania, circulating in Washington, Greene and southern Allegheny counties. The NLIHC Media Award recognizes journalists who have made a dedicated effort to inform the public about the inequities in housing and to add to the understanding of the disparities between people who are well-housed and poorly or un-housed in a community.
Staff who worked on the series and will be credited with the award are: Liz Rogers, Editor; Denise Bachman, Managing editor for production; Jon Stevens, Greene County bureau chief; Karen Mansfield, Staff writer; Barbara Miller, Staff writer; Jim McNutt, Photographer; Katie Roupe, Photographer; and Mallory Rogers, Trinity High School student contributor.
The authors of “No Place to Call Home” approached the project as more than a standard investigative series. The Observer-Reporter described “No Place to Call Home” as “a yearlong initiative to bring awareness of homelessness in Washington and Greene counties.” Launched in April 2013, the initiative strove to “create community awareness of the local homeless population, promote long-term solutions; help organizations providing services to meet the immediate needs of the homeless, and also help organizations with projects that will create sustainability.”
The series highlights area families and individuals struggling with homelessness, with a special focus on veterans and homeless children. The series also reviews local resources and shelters, and includes over a dozen profiles of local homeless individuals. Photo galleries and videos are also published online.
As part of “No Place to Call Home,” the Observer-Reporter also established charitable funds at the Washington County Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greene County. The funds were created to “promote and fund long-term solutions and sustainability for organizations providing care for the local homeless population as well as to help solve the immediate need for medical care, food, and shelter for the homeless.” As of December 14, 2013, more than $23,000 has been donated to the Observer-Reporter’s “No Place to Call Home” funds by readers and community members. The funds are being awarded to local agencies that provide services for the homeless through a grant application process.
Liz Rogers, Editor, and Denise Bachman, Managing editor for production, will accept the 2014 Media Award at NLIHC’s Housing Policy Conference on Monday, April 28. The award will be presented at the morning plenary session. Liz Rogers also will present at the conference workshop entitled, “Let’s Talk About Housing: Working with the Media.”
IMAGINE: NLIHC’s 2014 Housing Policy Conference will take place Sunday, April 27 through Wednesday, April 30 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. A special room rate of $249 per night at the Marriott Wardman is available for conference attendees. This rate is available until April 4 or until the block is full, so reserve your room today!
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