Celeste Fremon, founder and editor of Witness LA, was awarded second place for Best Online Investigative Reporting by the Los Angeles Press Club for the news outlet’s “Beating Children” series. The series brought three separate instances of alleged physical abuse of teenagers within LA County’s probation camps to light. As a result of Witness LA’s reporting along with footage entrusted to Fremon by an inside source, three probation camp staffers faced criminal convictions. This action jumpstarted an in-depth investigation into the department where other similar incidents were discovered. “We’re really proud of this series because it went to bat for kids who had trouble speaking for themselves,” said Fremon. Since its inception in 2007, Community Partners project Witness LA has been at the forefront of local social justice journalism focusing on accountability in education, juvenile and criminal justice systems, law enforcement and violence prevention.
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