Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Council on Contemporary Families Honors Five Journalists for Outstanding Coverage of Family Issues

From Po & Ash: "Yeah!"

CHICAGO, April 18 (AScribe Newswire) -- The Council on Contemporary Families (CCF) is pleased to present its Fifth Annual Media Awards on Friday May 4th at its Tenth Anniversary Conference and Gala Celebration in Chicago, Illinois. The ceremony will take place at 6:30 PM at the University of Chicago's International House (1414 East 59th Street), following a day of panels on contemporary family issues. Afterwards, CCF will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an appetizer buffet, jazz entertainment, and special guest Al Franken.

The 2007 Award for Outstanding Coverage of Change in America's Families goes to Po Bronson and his collaborator Ashley Merryman for their articles for Time magazine and The Guardian on issues ranging from the Mommy Wars to rebuilding broken families. The articles stem from their in-depth research about family trends, a reference available online as The Factbook on Family ( Jurors commended Bronson's writing, sourcing, and the way his work cuts through myth and hyperbole to actual discourses around the family.

About the CCF Media Awards: The CCF media awards were established in 2002 as part of the Council's commitment to enhancing the public understanding of trends in American family life. "All too often, changes in U.S. family patterns are painted in stark, better-or-worse terms that ignore the nuanced and complex realities of family life today. The Awards Committee looked for articles that put individual family issues in larger social context. This kind of coverage offers the public a balanced picture of the trade-offs, strengths and weaknesses in many different family arrangements and structures," explained Stephanie Coontz, CCF's Director of Research and Publicity. The CCF media awards committee will call for nominations for the 2008 awards in the fall. Please visit for information.

About CCF: Founded in 1996, with a membership consisting of national noted family researchers, mental health and social work practitioners, and clinicians, the Council on Contemporary Families is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to enhancing the national conversation about how and why contemporary families are changing, what needs and challenges they face, and how these needs can best be met.