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Research Guide for Journalism 295B
The Journalism of Poverty

Journalists Writing About Poverty

To identify newspaper articles and their authors: Go to LexisNexis Academic.

  • To search through various national newspapers, select the News Category "General News" and then select "Major Newspapers." Type the search term poverty (or whatever term you want) on the first "Headline, Lead Paragraph(s), Terms" line. Scan the results for articles and their authors.
  • To search through various regional newspapers, select the News Category "U.S. News" and then a state. Type the search term poverty (or whatever term you want) on the first "Headline, Lead Paragraph(s), Terms" line. Scan the results for articles and their authors.
  • To search through a particular newspaper, click on the "Sources" option at the top of the screen. Either browse alphabetically for your newspaper or enter part of the title in the box and click "search." When one or more entries are listed, you can click on the "Search this Title" option. Then type the search term poverty (or whatever term you want) on the first "Headline, Lead Paragraph(s), Terms" line. Scan the results for articles and their authors.

Government Statistics and Other Information

The following are free Web sites offering U.S. Federal Government data on poverty-related issues.

  • U.S. Census Bureau -- Poverty   Probably the single most important compilation of data.
  • The Green Book, 2004   Actual title is Background Material and Data on the Programs within the Jurisdiction of the Committee on Ways and Means; annual compilation of information on entitlement and benefits programs.
  • Poverty Guidelines, Research, and Measurement   U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' guidelines, links research centers, and more research material.
  • PovertyNet   International issues, from the World Bank.

Non-Governmental Organizations

Vanderbilt University maintains a Web site listing groups concerned with various subject areas, including Welfare and Poverty issues. (Be sure to look at the "Interest Group" sub-set.)
You can generate a longer list of relevant non-governmental groups by using the commercial Associations Unlimited service, to which W&L subscribes. Choose the "subject/any word search" option and enter the word poverty in the "Subject Descriptor" box.

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