Fostering Media Connections
Los Angeles, California, USA
MissionFostering Media Connections is a non-profit news organization that uses a mix of investigative, accountability and solution-oriented journalism to drive reform within the systems that serve vulnerable children, youth and their families.
Beyond producing stories, FMC employs an aggressive dissemination strategy to see its stories re-published in other media outlets. Last fiscal year, FMC-produced stories were picked up 753 times, a 50.2 percent increase from the previous year.
What We DoOur work primarily serves children, youth and families caught up in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems by driving reform to those systems, and by teaching systems-experienced youth to produce their own journalism. We actively share our journalism with mainstream media partners to amplify our work and grab the attention of policymakers and thought-leaders in positions to change child welfare policy and practice.
We have three main programs:
* The Chronicle of Social Change (CSC): FMC's flagship daily news site covering child welfare and juvenile justice news nationally, with editorial staff in California, New York, Arizona, Wyoming and Michigan. Since its inception, The Chronicle has run nearly 4,000 articles on issues impacting children, youth and families.
* Fostering Families Today (FFT): an award-winning bi-monthly print and online magazine that is distributed to over 30,000 readers - all resource families and kin caregivers - across the country. This magazine ensures caregivers are educated about the latest developments in trauma-informed care, and provides them with an opportunity to earn continuing education credits through reading comprehension.
* Youth Voice: a journalism training program for young people with lived experience in the foster care or juvenile justice systems. In 2018, we trained and worked on editing stories with more than 30 youth, published 46 youth stories and ran successful national writing and photo contests for young people. One youth's story was nominated for a Media for a Just Society Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Over the last two years, more than 100 Youth Voice pieces have been published.