Eye reporter awarded for reporting on child abuse and neglect deaths

McKim accepting the award on October 6.

Eye reporter Jenifer McKim on Thursday, Oct. 6, was honored with a 2016 Publick Occurrences Award for Outstanding Journalism for her series Out of the shadows: Shining light on state failure to learn from rising child abuse and neglect deaths.’

The Publick Occurrences award, given by the New England Newspaper and Press Association, recognizes the best work that New England newspapers produce each year — whether it’s individual or team stories, series, spot news coverage, columns or photojournalism that ran in print and/or online.

The series, published in collaboration with the Boston Globe, revealed the untold stories of  110 Massachusetts children who died of abuse or neglect related causes between 2009 and 2013. McKim’s stories included ‘Out of the shadows’ and ‘Justice delayed in life and death,’ as well as in an interactive infographic that showcased cases of children’s lives cut short, a third of them who had been under state watch. In March, she continued coverage focusing on the 22 children who died of maltreatment in 2014, showing more lost opportunities to save lives.

This is McKim’s third consecutive Publick Occurrences award and the fourth Publick Occurrences award for The Eye, part of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, since 2014. McKim also was the recipient of the 2016 Freedom of Information Award from the New England First Amendment Coalition for her efforts to gain access to public records about child deaths.

McKim accepted the award during the association’s fall conference at the Crowne Plaza in Natick, Mass. Other award winners included the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, the Hartford Courant and the Providence Journal.