The Uneven State of Poverty Coverage Over the Past Decade

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Nearly 41 million Americans were impoverished in 2016, and the United States continues to have one of the highest poverty rates of any OECD nation. But original research from Spotlight demonstrated that the nation’s most prominent newsrooms have not given significantly more attention to poverty since 2007. A recent op-ed by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the Columbia Journalism Review on the need to support journalism references Spotlight’s work and offers a series of policy recommendations.

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