Graduate School of Journalism alumna Carrie Ching was nominated in July for an Emmy Award for the “graphic novel” documentary she directed and produced, “In Jennifer’s Room.” Her feature received recognition in the category of New Approaches to News & Documentary.
“I’m proud to see ‘In Jennifer’s Room’ get this level of recognition,” said Ching. “Recognition by the national Emmy Awards is a huge accomplishment for me. It means the quality of the storytelling and presentation is on par with work from the nation’s very best producers.”
Ching received a master’s degree from the J-School in 2005. Although she chose an emphasis in magazine writing,, she also kept her eyes on media trends and took advantage of the multimedia and “backpack video journalism” courses offered by the J-School, she said. “Those have proved to be invaluable in my career path because of the technical skills I picked up.”
While multimedia skills helped her to win an Emmy recognition, Ching acknowledged that her solid foundation in narrative nonfiction storytelling has been her most useful skill over the years.
“Knowing how to shape nonfiction material into a strong narrative story is a skill that transcends all mediums.”
In addition to the Emmy nomination, “In Jennifer’s Room” won a Gracie Award for the category of best programming by, for, and about women. The piece also received two awards from the nonprofit organization Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).
About “In Jennifer’s Room”
This is the story of a young female resident at a state-run institution for the developmentally disabled in Sonoma County, California. Jennifer, who has severe mental retardation and bipolar disorder, had complained to officials about abuse and molestation at the hands of a caregiver. Her complaints were largely ignored for several months, until indisputable evidence of sexual abuse surfaced when she was found to be pregnant.