Covering Poverty update + the latest on health care + interactives & data

Covering Poverty is at an important crossroads! As the newsletter celebrates another birthday, we’re looking at new ways to engage readers and help journalists report big stories. To secure more funding for the next year, however, I need to know how this weekly update helps you, as well as your thoughts on graphics, interactives, video and GIFs. I created a quick 10-question survey – mostly yes/no or multiple choice – to capture these thoughts, so if you’ll give me 5 minutes of your time, click here to keep this newsletter going. Thanks for the support! 

News. We have so much to catch up on since the last post. First, check these two fabulous multimedia pieces by Equal Voice News: Families in Tennessee stand up for a clean environment (and find orange water during testing, ugh!) and a look at 2020 Census prep and how poor families will be affected for years to come.
Then these: Rural Appalachia lags behind the rest of the country in infant mortality and life expectancy. The danger of low-skilled immigrants is not having themEnrollment is down and poverty is up in rural schools, especially in New York. Income inequality nears record levels in Wisconsin. Are cash handouts a good way to fix poverty?

5 reporting resources. Reports and data for you:
  • Did you see the new State of the Union report about poverty and inequality by Stanford? See where more than 20 experts stand on poverty, employment, income inequality, health inequality, economic mobility and educational access.
  • Stanford also has a self-paced online Poverty and Inequality course available right now for those who want to learn more about poverty and recent findings from the country’s top experts. It’s free – so sign up!
  • The 2017 Kids Count data is out, as well as new state ranks. The Annie E. Casey Foundation (that supports this newsletter) produces ongoing updates, so keep it on your list.
  • The GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles have an updated look with a crisp design, more information from nonprofits and new UX that better indicates when profiles are up-to-date.
  • The Association of Health Care Journalists discusses how racial disparities, stress and poverty affect Alzheimer’s risk and dementia later in life.
Dates, events & webinars. To help your reporting in the next month:
  • The Food Research & Action Center has a webinar next week (Aug. 17) about serving afterschool meals, right in time for “back-to-school” angles. What can we say about the nutrition gap for low-income kids?
  • AHCJ is hosting a webinar on Aug. 24 about responsible, accurate reporting on addiction with an expert from the National Council for Behavioral Health.
  • Mark your September calendar for the Census Bureau’s schedule for Income, Poverty and Health Insurance statistics. Pay attention to Sept. 12 and 14 in particular.


  • The Fund for Investigative Journalism is taking applications to help diverse journalists in independent investigative reporting, particularly social justice reporting. The initiative supports women and journalists of color. This is the second year that $10,000 grants are being offered. Read more about the requirements and types of stories reported. Deadline is Nov. 1.
Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist

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