October 22, 2015

In the Neighborhood: Covering Poverty’s Influence on Education

Seminar on Poverty & Education

There’s no question that living in a neighborhood with concentrated poverty and racial isolation can take a big toll on children’s learning. But how can journalists go deeper to better understand — and convey to readers — the educational challenges posed when families don’t have enough money for food, heat and other essentials, and often encounter the trauma of neighborhood violence? How can stories get beyond the stereotypes and statistics to put a human face on the circumstances of children in highly impoverished neighborhoods, and how those are translating into the classroom? What can schools and communities do to help counter the effects of concentrated poverty?

We’ll provide guidance from expert journalists and researchers to help you cover this important topic. Join us for a workshop October 22 in Chicago.