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Media Coverage of Low-Income Americans in a New Political Era

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National Press Club

529 14th Street Northwest

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The 2016 presidential election, driven by the unlikely candidacy of Donald Trump, featured an unprecedented focus on the issues facing the suburban and rural poor, often referred to as the “white working class.” In the election’s aftermath, has mainstream media changed the quantity or quality of its coverage of American poverty? And as the Trump administration dominates the news cycle, has the focus of poverty coverage shifted away from urban communities of color to the white working class families who helped him win office?

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity will host a discussion of the state of poverty journalism with a diverse panel of reporters and nonprofit leaders. The event will include the release of a new survey of how major news organizations’ coverage of poverty has evolved over the last 10 years.

The event will also mark the 10th anniversary of Spotlight, an important moment in the initiative’s growth from a hub for a few hundred academics and policy wonks to a widely read non-partisan resource for research, commentary and journalism.

Join us for an important conversation about the current state of poverty journalism and how both mainstream media and philanthropic leaders can help improve it in the years ahead.

Speakers:

  • Sam Baker, Axios
  • Marisol Bello, Center for Community Change
  • Tamar Jacoby, Opportunity America
  • Jesse Holland, Associated Press
  • Laura McGann, Vox
  • Clarence Page, Syndicated Columnist, Chicago Tribune (moderator)
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