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.