The Georgia Commission on Family Violence has awarded three journalists from Albany NBC-affilate, WALB, its 4th annual Responsible Coverage Award.
The recipients of this award, Jennifer Emert, Cade Fowler, and Jim Wallace, accepted the award from two local superior court judges.
Judge Denise Marshall and Judge Joe Bishop, incoming and former Georgia Commission on Family Violence Members, respectively, are pleased to present this award with local community members, including Silke Deeley – Executive Director of the Liberty House, the local domestic violence agency. They will join the Dougherty County Domestic Violence Coalition, a group of dedicated individuals from multiple systems working to end domestic violence.
Judge Joe Bishop applauded the journalists, saying, "WALB has always played an important role in the Albany community. By informing our area about the prevalence of domestic violence, these journalists are helping to prevent the violence itself."
The intent of this award is to recognize and celebrate a journalist or media outlet in Georgia that has covered the issue of domestic violence in a way that is respectful and non-judgmental to victims and raises awareness in the community about the seriousness and breadth of the problem. Responsible Coverage Award recipients are leaders in their field whose reporting leads to greater public understanding of violence against women and the myriad ways in which the community can play a role in ending it. Through the recent WALB series on domestic violence, Ms. Emert, Mr. Fowler, and Mr. Wallace have raised the bar on domestic violence reporting. Their recent articles, "Special Report: Deadly Domestic Violence," "Domestic abuse cases on the rise," and "Violence against women all too common" formed a powerful statement on the epidemic of domestic violence. "While reporting on the domestic violence tragedies in their area, these reporters have given a great deal to the Albany community. They have regularly provided readers with resources that can serve as crucial lifelines – such as information on the local domestic violence agency and the statewide crisis hotline number," said Executive Director of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, Dr. Kirsten Rambo. Additionally, these journalists have sought out domestic violence experts – advocates and survivors of domestic violence – to anchor local stories with statistics and common patterns of abuse. The Commission applauds Mr. Wallace, Mr. Fowler, and Ms. Emert for their consistently responsible, informed, and informative coverage of this important issue.
The Georgia Commission on Family Violence is a state agency that was created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1992 to develop a comprehensive state plan for ending family violence in Georgia. GCFV works throughout the state to help create and support task forces made up of citizen volunteers working to end domestic violence in their communities. In addition, GCFV conducts research and provides training about domestic violence, monitors legislation and other policy impacting victims of domestic violence, certifies all of Georgia's Family Violence Intervention Programs, and coordinates the statewide Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project. For more information about GCFV or how you can help to end domestic violence in your community, please call 404.657.3412 or visit www.gcfv.org.
If you or someone you know is being abused, there are community and statewide resources available to you. Call 1-800-33-HAVEN (voice/TTY), the toll-free, statewide, 24-hour hotline, for a confidential place to get help or find resources.
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