According to Couric's post, Katie Couric's Notebook: Children of the Recession:
"Since the recession began, more than one million children have lost health insurance as their parents lose their jobs.The series will features stories throughout the year on The CBS Evening News, The Early Show and Sunday Morning about the impact of the recession on children. So far, they've reported on Safe Families for Children in Need, Teens Bring Economic Stress to School, and How to Address Your Kids' Recession Fears.
One in 50 American children is homeless, and as more homes go into foreclosure that number will rise."
Couric and the producers hope that the series will motivate people to act, give, and get more involved to solve the problem. You can find info about How to Help or Get Help on the series' landing page.
When Kim Tracy Prince, of Los Angeles Moms Blog, asked Couric during the call, "How do you and your producers deal with it emotionally? You are emersing yourself in all this heartbreak. How do you handle it?"
Couric talked more about her hopes for the series:
"I truly feel this is critically important, and I kind of feel it's a higher calling for all of us. And yes, it's very upsetting, and heartbreaking, and depressing, but the only way that we're going to get these families help is to expose the problem. And so, I think we feel like there's a purpose here, a higher purpose if you will, not to sound too weird about it. And that's why I think we feel really motivated and really excited.If you know any children who are suffering from the effects of the recession, email their story to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, "CBS REPORTS: Children of the Recession." Young people can submit their story about how the recession is impacting them via video.
I haven't felt this proud about my work in a long time because I feel like we can really have an impact, but that's why we're looking to you all for help because we can't do it alone."
Upcoming "Children of the Recession" stories this week include:
Wednesday, May 20
The Evening News: Abuse and neglect
Thursday, May 21
The Early Show: Child abuse
The Evening News: Homeless kids
Friday, May 22
The Early Show: School for the homeless
Sunday, May 24
Sunday Morning: 5 kids, 5 stories, 5 films about the recession
For more coverage of the call check out:
- Katie Couric and Children of the Recession by Pundit Mom
- Katie Couric and Children of the Recession by Connect with Your Through Pop Culture and Technology
- CBS Reports With Katie Couric - Children of the Recession by NYC Moms Blog
- Tweets with the hashtag KatieCouricSVMomsGroup on Twitter
Britt Bravo is a Big Vision Consultant.