2016 Election poverty commentary, several exemplary series, teacher pay gap data

News. College isn’t the great equalizer between the rich and poor. Credit recovery has led to best-ever graduation rates in Los Angeles. With new regulations on payday lending, could the replacements also be predatory? More states are lifting welfare restrictions for drug felons. In Dallas, police officers serve as “glorified social workers” to help the city’s ills tied to economic inequality. And the latest in the Los Angeles Times’ Poverty Project: How do Americans view poverty?
In-depth multimedia story. Looking for another exemplary piece this week to inspire your reporting? Check out Equal Voice News and the latest look into an Albuquerque school that focuses on Native American students. Great photos, video and graphics with this one. Set aside some time to check it out and think about schools, new educational models and the groups of students in your area who could use a boost.
Two health updates. The Association of Health Care Journalists regularly posts fantastic blog updates by reporters who specialize in their topic areas. This week, two posts are particularly relevant:
  • A Georgia project enables graduate journalism students to shine a light on rural health issues. (Full disclosure: I’m a graduate of this program, which is also housed at the University of Georgia alongside this newsletter.) The students pursued stories in southwest Georgia, where geography significantly affects health and access to providers. The stories appeared on Georgia Health News as the Place Matters series.
  • Reference pricing is steering consumers to low-cost providers, a recent study says. “Shoppable” services could lead to savings for employers, workers and family members.
3 updates this week:

  • More than 60 million American live in multigenerational households, which is a record high, Pew says. It continues to grow across racial groups, ages and both genders. As reporters, are we finding and covering these stories in our communities?
  • As school kicks back into gear, we should think about teacher pay and the growing gap with the pay of comparable workers. The Economic Policy Institute reports on recent trends in wages, relative teacher wages and a state-by-state analysis.
  • Election 2016 highlight: Have you seen the recent discussions about both Trump and Clinton’s lack of campaign talk about poverty? Several commentaries have highlighted this during the past week, including the idea that you can’t talk about what you don’t see. And Americans don’t see the poor. How can we help with this?
Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist

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