Economic Mobility Guide

economic mobility guide

In the United States, income inequality is a growing issue. The median American family saw its wealth drop by 3 percent between 1983 and 2016, while the richest 0.1 percent enjoyed a 133 percent increase. And the gap is even bigger for Black households (Source: “Dreams Deferred,” from the Institute for Policy Studies).

SJN is now working with newsrooms and journalists to generate long-term coverage of promising solutions to address economic mobility issues like transportation, housing, child care, education, broadband access and inequalities in the justice system. 

This guide aims to equip journalists with resources and ideas to cover economic mobility issues in their community. We also hope it will spark a broader conversation about how reporting on poverty might evolve — and how solutions journalism could help shift longstanding, and often inaccurate, narratives about poverty.