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MEDIA ADVISORY: ArchCity Defenders Holds Excellence in Poverty Journalism Awards’ to Honor and Inspire More In-Depth Reporting on Race, Class and Poverty

July 9, 2018

Less than one percent of media coverage discusses poverty. The lack of reporting on issues impacting marginalized communities misconstrues poverty as a personal failing—not the systemic problem it is. ArchCity Defenders’ ‘Excellence in Poverty Journalism Awards’ hope to change that.

What:  At ArchCity Defenders’ 2018 Excellence in Poverty Journalism Awards, ArchCity will honor journalists who have contributed in-depth pieces about poverty, race and class. For the second year, ArchCity invited the community to nominate reporters for pieces dedicated to issues which impact marginalized communities.

The winners have been selected by a panel of three judges (John Ammann, Nancy Cambria, and Mariah Stewart). At the event, ArchCity will recognize finalists and winners, and will also honor Dr. Donald Suggs, Publisher and Executive Editor of the St. Louis American, with the “Lifetime Achievement Award in Poverty Journalism.”

Nominees, members of the media, and the public are invited to attend at no cost, thanks in part to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. There will be complimentary appetizers from Fifth Wheel Catering and a cash bar.

ArchCity invites attendees to come together and rethink the way stories are written about the endemic issues that affect families all around St. Louis.

When: Thursday, July 12th, doors at 6:30, program begins at 7:30

Where: Anew Rooftop, 519 N. Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103

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