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ArchCity Defenders is Calling for Nominations for Their First Annual “Excellence in Poverty Journalism Award”

April 13, 2017

ArchCity Defenders announces its first annual “Excellence in Poverty Journalism Award” to honor journalists committed to reporting on poverty in St. Louis that highlights individual experiences within a systemic framework.

“We want to recognize journalists who write about homelessness, the criminal legal system, evictions, poverty, and racism, which are the issues that impact our clients every day.  We are especially interested in those journalists who deepen our understanding of the intersection of race, class, and poverty,” said Thomas B. Harvey, Executive Director of ArchCity Defenders.

The community is invited to nominate journalists who have published a written article between January 1, 2016 to April 1, 2017 about an issue that creates or exacerbates poverty. The article must be no longer than 4,000 words.  Nominations will be evaluated for their emphasis on centering individual experiences with poverty and racism within a systemic, historical analysis. To nominate, send the journalist’s name, article headline, news outlet, and a link to the article if it is available online to or tweet at @ArchCityDefense with #communityjournalism.

The nomination period is open from April 13th to May 8, 2017. A three person panel will judge nominations.

On June 15th, ArchCity Defenders will host an awards ceremony in St. Louis to honor first, second, and third place winners.

Further information about the award and nomination criteria can be found on ArchCity’s website at


Media Contact:
Z. Gorley, Communications Director at ArchCity Defenders