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Cheers And Jeers

Social workers are the unsung heroes of  society but the news media often ignores their stories. Tell us when you see a moving  story about social workers in newspapers, on television or the Internet. Or a story that got the facts wrong about social work. We’ll post them in Cheers and Jeers. And the best items of the year will be nominated for NASW Media Awards!

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CBS This Morning spotlights Miami artist who paints murals of pandemic heroes

Claudia La Bianca’s health care heroes include social workers


Social Worker does twist on free library craze to donate personal products to women

Adriana Flores is a member of the National Association of Social Workers


Bronx Social Worker goes above and beyond to help students

Cheers to the New York Daily News for this profile of National Association of Social Workers member Margaret Prisinzano, a school social worker at Bronx Junior High School 123. Many of the students face daunting challenges. One out of three is homeless, all qualify for free lunch, and a quarter of them are learning English. But […]


National File incorrectly identifies CPS worker as social worker

CPS worker allegedly confronted mother who questioned her aliases


NPR host mistakenly says it is not social workers’ job to help people living with substance use disorders

Jeers to Steve Inskeep, host of Morning Edition on National Public Radio (NPR), for getting it all wrong when talking about the role of social workers in helping people overcome substance use disorders. Inskeep interviewed Tucson, Arizona Police Chief Chris Magnus on Feb. 14 about the need for President Trump’s border wall. Magnus said border security […]


Massachusetts newspaper misuses social work title in case of woman who allegedly stole from client

Jeers to the  Sentinel & Enterprise in Lowell, MA. The newspaper posted an article on Wednesday about Karen Tabales, a “social worker” who allegedly stole more than $6,000 over two years from a client living with with an intellectual disability. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) contacted Tabales’ former employer employer Seven Hills Foundation and learned […]