In 2002, the Office launched OJJDP News @ a Glance, a bimonthly online newsletter, to provide its constituents with the most up-to-date and comprehensive juvenile justice information available. In addition to highlighting major OJJDP activities, presenting updates from OJJDP-funded programs, and providing annotated links to free publications and resources, the newsletter covers a range of topics of importance to the field, including, reentry, gang violence prevention, bullying, school discipline, children's exposure to violence, girls delinquency, and evidence-based practices, to name a few.
The newsletter began as a print and online publication, but soon moved to an online-only format to save costs and increase discribution. In the decade since the first issue was released, the newsletter has evolved to include updated designs, a quadrupling of the number of special features, and new Did You Know? and News in Brief sections. The expansion in readership has been equally dramaticfrom 2,000 subscribers at the end of the newsletter's first year to more than 30,000 subscribers today.
The newsletter's value to the juvenile justice field has been recognized through numerous awards. In 2009, OJJDP took first place in the National Association of Government Communicators' (NAGC) Gold Screen Awards competition under the e-newsletter category. The NAGC Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards recognize superior government communications products and their producers in 47 categories. More than 500 entries are generally received each year and submissions are judged by a prestigious panel of experts.
OJJDP News @ a Glance is only one example of the many ways in which OJJDP is keeping the nation informed about critical juvenile justice issues and evidence-based strategies to solve them. OJJDP's resources include online data systems such as the Statistical Briefing Book and Model Programs Guide; JUVJUST, a listserv that provides brief, semi-weekly, e-mail notices about the latest juvenile justice information; Web sites featuring information about research, programs, and funding; Webinars; and a range of print and online publications.