3 news updates + 3 reporting resources + a surprising new statistic

3 intriguing news updates. What’s the state of the industry right now?
  • Confidence in newspapers is at a new low, Gallup says. Ouch, says this newspaper reporter. Check out the line graph to see the fluctuations – will we see confidence go back up in upcoming years?
  • Paul Ryan is rolling out a conservative economic agenda with anti-poverty elements, we’ve heard that. What about the progressive response? The Center for American Progress wrote a detailed report that landed mention in the Washington Post. Nice job.
  • And a cool ongoing series I was alerted to recently – Childhood Poverty: Cincinnati’s Crisis. WKRC-TV/Local 12 has produced more than 40 stories and held a town hall on the topic in the last 10 months since Tim Geraghty, the news director, joined the CBS affiliate last Augusta. The stories review the progress – really, the lack of – since a 1964 documentary WKRC did on poverty. Nice work in a city that has one of the worst rates of childhood poverty in the country. Check it out.
3 poverty reporting tools. What’s new this week?
  • The Affordable Care Act and better health for women. Where do we stand? What else needs to happen? The Department of Health and Human Services talks about prevention, maternity care and premium tax credits in its report.
  • The Census Bureau gives a brief tomorrow (Wednesday) morning about the 2020 Census. Can’t make it to the meeting in Indiana? Request an interview and update for your area.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics released a statement about childhood poverty, encouraging doctors to tackle “poverty-related disorders” through health screenings and interventions. To back this up, the Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity is hosting a national webinar to discuss ways doctors can do this. Register for the webinar on next Monday (June 20) afternoon.
Final thoughts. New numbers say that people of color will become a majority of the American working class in 2032. Based on projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and publicized by the Economic Policy Institute, this number is 11 years sooner than the Census Bureau projection for the U.S. population, which becomes “majority-minority” in 2043. What will this mean for our workplaces, policies, jobs – and ultimately – our reporting?
Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist

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