Harsh Treatment: a Chicago Tribune investigative project

 

Harsh Treatment: “Residential treatment centers are supposed to provide a safe, healing environment for young state wards and disadvantaged children. But a Chicago Tribune investigation finds many are harmed instead.”

I worked on the Harsh Treatment project by the Chicago Tribune in 2014. I met with reporters, editors, videographers, photographers and graphic designers to learn what was being created and reported on, then I helped them figure out the best way to post it to social media.


The day before the project was published, we previewed it on social media with a video 


After working with various teams and departments, I helped them craft social posts for this large project.


This investigation was well done, and most importantly, it was full of stories that needed to be told.  I proudly promoted the project through my personal accounts.


For the graphic essays, I thought Tumblr would be the perfect platform to highlight the art and creative storytelling.


This issue received a lot of attention on city, state and federal levels. State officials started to revamp Illinois’ child welfare system, including the closure of a Rock River, a problematic facility mentioned in the stories. We made sure to post follow-ups and keep our readers updated.

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