Award-Winning Investigative Reporter to Lead Nonprofit News Site The Imprint

LOS ANGELES - Aug. 3, 2020 - PRLog -- Los Angeles-based media nonprofit Fostering Media Connections today launched The Imprint, a rebranded version of its independent, non-partisan news publication.

The Imprint, formerly The Chronicle of Social Change, is a daily news site dedicated to rigorous, in-depth journalism focused on families and the public systems that impact their lives. The Chronicle was founded in 2013 and has since published more than 4,500 articles on children, youth and families who have been caught up in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems.

Leading The Imprint's editorial efforts is award-winning investigative reporter Karen de Sá. In her new role de Sá is excited about supporting a team of committed journalists reporting on some of the most important and under-covered issues in American society today.

"We are a fortunate group of journalists here, to have the honor of telling the stories of children and families in our foster care and criminal systems," de Sá said. "I cannot think of a better job, or more worthy topics for much-needed, in-depth and ethical news coverage."

Since 1994, de Sá has worked for numerous newspapers in California, including 18 years at The San Jose Mercury News and three years at The San Francisco Chronicle. Her stories have exposed inhumane conditions in juvenile halls, group homes and youth prisons, and detailed systemic injustice in the dependency courts.

Most recently de Sá's projects exposed hundreds of questionable youth arrests in California children's shelters, and the excessive use of psychotropics in the foster care system. A 2006 Knight Fellow at Stanford University and finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, de Sá has won numerous journalism honors over her career, including the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, Investigative Reporters and Editors awards, the Society of Professional Journalists' Journalist of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year awards and the Heywood Broun Award. Her work has led to nine state laws, overhauled institutions and improved public contracts with the nation's most vulnerable populations.

"Karen has proven herself as one of the best investigative journalists covering the most vexing issues affecting children, youth and families," said Imprint Publisher Daniel Heimpel. "I have complete confidence that her dogged commitment to high-level, high-impact journalism will elevate our already strong work to new heights."

Creation of The Imprint and the development of the new website was funded in part through grants from the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and The Walter S. Johnson Foundation. The website and brand identity were designed by Phoenix-based Extra Small Design.

About The Imprint – The Imprint is an independent, nonprofit daily news publication dedicated to covering child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health and educational issues faced by vulnerable children and families.

About Fostering Media Connections – Fostering Media Connections (FMC) is a non-profit news organization that uses the power of media and journalism to lead the conversation about children, youth and families in America.

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