“Spotlight Fellows” writing for the Boston Globe and ProPublica misunderstood a key federal law and got the causes of child abuse fatalities wrong. Their massive project, reported and written with the best of intentions, is likely to make children less safe.
Today, NCCPR releases an in-depth analysis of stories that are a sad example of the way the journalism of child welfare often fails. The full report is available here. Below are the key points. As you read the report, I'm sure you'll understand why we decided to release it on Martin Luther King Day.