John Yablonky, Christ Child House
Kathleen Galligan, DFP
A three-year look inside the Christ Child House, home to some of Michigan’s most troubled foster kids, earned a national Emmy for the Detroit Free Press on Monday, its fourth in three years.
The multimedia project gave an intimate look at daily routines, tender moments and the rawest pain of some of the state’s legal orphans. It was published last year in both print and on freep.com.
“We are ecstatic with this award, not just because it represents wonderful work by wonderful journalists, but because the Christ Child House project became a personal commitment by the Free Press,” said Paul Anger, Free Press editor and publisher. “We wanted to shine a light on the loving work done there and on behalf of all of Michigan’s children who need a home.”
The Free Press was up against PBS’s “Frontline” for “Bush’s War Timeline” and MediaStorm.org for “Intended Consequences” in a category that honors new approaches to news and documentary programming.
The project began with photographer Kathleen Galligan, who teamed up with videographer Brian Kaufman, photographer Regina H. Boone and reporter Robin Erb for the exhausting — but often exhilarating — effort.
Emotionally, physically and often sexually abused, the boys at Christ Child carry with them the kinds of scars that require round-the-clock support, immeasurable patience and daily medication.
“While this new award is so important, a greater reward is that some young boys have been adopted as a result of people viewing our work,” said Nancy Andrews, Free Press managing editor/digital media.
The Christ Child coverage also prompted a flood of support from around the state and the country — from material gifts to volunteer hours in tutoring and mentoring.
Just three other newspaper-based Web sites were nominated: Toronto’s Globeandmail.com, Nytimes.com and washingtonpost.com. Of those, only the Toronto Web site won in its category.
The Free Press also won a Pulitzer Prize earlier this year for its disclosures in the Detroit text message scandal.
The Free Press has won more Emmys than any other newspaper.
See the special report at www.freep.com/christchild.