Resources for Covering the Impact of the Economic Crisis on American Families
The economic crisis is more than a national business story; its effects trickle down to the families in the communities you cover. Get the resources you need to tell their stories.
This list is provided by Suburban Newspapers of America and the Associated Press Media Editors as part of a Specialized Reporting Institute, April 5-6, 2011, funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
This independent, nonpartisan organization influences the discourse on global issues through contributions to opinion and policy formation, leadership dialogue and public learning. Council experts on the global economy are available for interviews. The council produces studies and publications on a variety of topics. www.thechicagocouncil.org
This site features a searchable guide on economic topics including Aging, Hardship, Education, Environment, Health, Labor, Poverty and Inequality, Race and Wealth, Crime and much more. harrisschool.uchicago.edu
SheSource is an online brain trust of female experts on diverse topics designed to help journalists. SheSource includes spokeswomen from a variety of backgrounds representing demographic and ethnic diversity. They have expertise on the economy and other topics. www.thewhitehouseproject.org/about/shesource/
This Obama-created council published a report titled “Women in America – Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being.” It describes how women are faring in terms of income, education, employment, health, crime and violence. http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/Women_in_America.pdf
The center, based at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute, is an independent, nonpartisan policy and research center whose mission is to expand and improve health coverage for America's children and families. http://ccf.georgetown.edu
The partnership’s goal is to make life better for women and families by creating a society that is free, fair and just in which no one faces discrimination; all workplaces are family friendly; and no family is without quality, affordable health care and real economic security. Policy experts are available for interviews. http://www.nationalpartnership.org
This report provides information on all types of media and the ways in which they depict women and issues of interest to women. Published quarterly, each issue includes full-length research papers. http://mediareporttowomen.com
Women in Media & News, a media analysis, education and advocacy group, works to increase women's presence and power in the public debate. WIMN's POWER Sources Project provides journalists with a diverse network of female experts. http://wimnonline.org/
This Canadian site contains a wealth of information on economic issues women face daily. Topics include economic inequality, economics 101, globalization, economic contributions and economic alternatives. http://www.unpac.ca/economy/
Womenwatch is the gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the United Nations system. The portal contains a directory of resources, statistics and indicators. http://www.un.org/womenwatch/
This is an ongoing survey that helps determine how some $400 billion in federal and state funds is distributed each year. It includes data on age, sex, race, family and relationships, income and benefits, health insurance, education, veteran status, disabilities, where you work and how you get there, and where you live and how much you pay for some essentials. http://www.census.gov/acs/www/
The BLS is the principal fact-finding agency of the federal government in the broad field of labor, economics and statistics. Topics include wages by area and occupation, unemployment, occupational outlook, occupations, consumer price index and the national unemployment rate. http://www.bls.gov/
Among many interesting studies and data tables, you’ll find useful information on population migration by state or county, and adjusted gross income by county and zip code data. http://www.irs.gov/taxstats
This site, devoted to improving the quality of investigative reporting, maintains a home mortgage disclosure act database. And, its "Extra!Extra!" segment samples big investigations, but also includes some quick-hitters. http://www.ire.org/
This site provides a comprehensive list of resources for state and local government statistics. http://www.usa.gov/Government/State_Local/Statistics.shtml
This is a good place to check out the finances and salaries at nonprofits, including colleges, museums and charities. http://www2.guidestar.org/
Pacer.gov is the website of federal court records. It’s the first place to go to find out if an individual has filed for bankruptcy. Some say there is no document that contains more information about a person than a bankruptcy report. http://www.pacer.gov/
The National Institute on Money in State Politics plays a pivotal role in shaping public policy in individual states and across the nation. This is a good site for tracking down campaign contributions and expenditures. http://www.followthemoney.org/
OpenSecrets.org is a nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy. Whether you’re a voter, journalist, activist, student or interested citizen, use this site to shine light on your government. Count cash and make change. http://www.opensecrets.org/
Morningstar Document Research streamlines public company research by providing navigation tools for its global filings database. This subscription-based service features comprehensive SEC filings content and precise research tools. http://www.10kwizard.com/
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Suburban Newspapers of America representatives Nancy Lane and Mark Laskowski compiled a wrap-up of the symposium on covering the long-term effects of the current economic crisis on American families. Find it here.
Thomas Koetting of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shows that -- with some planning -- long-term projects don't have to be a nightmare. Read his game plan here.
This PowerPoint presentation by Nancy Wajler, Harper College, focuses on the role of community colleges in retraining workers. Download a PDF of the PowerPoint here.
This PowerPoint presentation by Michele Weldon, Northwestern University, focuses on covering the recession’s impact on marriage, family structure and gender roles. Download a PDF of the PowerPoint here.