Covering Foster Care

Course Overview

Covering Foster Care
Seminar Snapshot
Time Estimate:
20 minutes

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Barbara White Stack, a reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Marc Cherna, director of the Allegheny County, Pa., Department of Human Services, present the fundamentals of covering foster care. Their presentation was given at The Poynter Institute on Nov. 8, 2006, as part of the "Beat Reporting: Covering Children" seminar.

What Will I Learn:
  • Which statistics to look for in evaluating your local system
  • Tools to put stories about foster care in context
  • How to avoid writing quick-fix pieces that assign blame
Who should take this course:

Anyone who has ever wondered about the foster care system or had to navigate the issue when writing a story.


Barbara White Stack

Barbara White Stack has been a zone reporter and editor, a state desk reporter and assistant city editor and a writer on issues of urban and child development. She covered issues regarding abused, neglected and delinquent children for 10 years for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette until her recent retirement. Stack is married and the mother of two, a Philadelphia native, a graduate of Penn State University’s journalism school and a veteran of two small newspapers before working at the Post-Gazette.


Marc Cherna

Marc Cherna was appointed the director of the Allegheny County, Pa., Department of Human Services (DHS) in January 1997.

As DHS director, he is responsible for overseeing the operations of the following offices: children, youth and families, mental retardation/developmental disabilities, community services, behavioral health, and the area Agency on Aging.

Training Partner:

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization, dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. It was established in 1948 by Jim Casey, one of the founders of UPS, and his siblings, who named the Foundation in honor of their mother.

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