Katie Couric’s Spotlight on the Kids

For once, some good news—or at least, some good work by the news media. Spearheaded by Katie Couric, CBS is running a weeklong series devoted to Children of the Recession. Bookended by reports on the Early Show and the Evening News, the series is featuring original reporting from multiple vantage points. Thus far, segments have covered foster care, the psychological impact on children of the recession, rising rates of child abuse and neglect, and how to talk tokids about the economy. Tonight’s report will be on homeless children.

In an interesting strategic twist, Katie Couric has been reaching out to blogging mothers to seek input on angles to cover, personal anecdotes, and programs that are making a difference. It’s a remarkable effort to get the word out, but also to seek on-the-ground stories and, with any luck, draw attention to the many people and organizations who are trying to mitigate the damages. (Pssst, Katie—we’re available for interviews any time…)

Have you seen any of the segments? What did you think? And what else do you think CBS should cover in the series?