The financial challenges of the journalism industry have resulted in significant declines in the number of employed reporters, editors, anchors and photographers. Minority journalists, who were already underrepresented in newsrooms, have, for the most part, experienced the same type of decline in recent years. The National Association of Black Journalists, founded in 1975, meets in Boston this week for its annual convention. Here are some facts about the state of black and minority journalists.

The financial challenges of the journalism industry have resulted in significant declines in the number of employed reporters, editors, anchors and photographers. Minority journalists, who were already underrepresented in newsrooms, have, for the most part, experienced the same type of decline in recent years. The National Association of Black Journalists, founded in 1975, meets in Boston this week for its annual convention. Here are some facts about the state of black and minority journalists.

The U.S. and China have been jockeying for economic influence in Africa in recent years as the region experiences robust GDP growth and presents more opportunities for investment.

The U.S. and China have been jockeying for economic influence in Africa in recent years as the region experiences robust GDP growth and presents more opportunities for investment.

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of U.S. newspapers had at least one woman in their top three editing positions in 2013, according to the new annual census from the American Society of News Editors (ASNE), using 2013 data. Nearly half the papers responding (49%) said that one of those top editors was a woman, 12% employed two women in those top slots and 2% reported that all three top editors were women.

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of U.S. newspapers had at least one woman in their top three editing positions in 2013, according to the new annual census from the American Society of News Editors (ASNE), using 2013 data. Nearly half the papers responding (49%) said that one of those top editors was a woman, 12% employed two women in those top slots and 2% reported that all three top editors were women.

Republicans are especially likely to say Hamas is most responsible for the current violence, while Democrats are divided. Overall, just a quarter believe that Israel has gone too far in responding to the conflict.
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Republicans are especially likely to say Hamas is most responsible for the current violence, while Democrats are divided. Overall, just a quarter believe that Israel has gone too far in responding to the conflict.

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Where do refugees to the U.S. come from?

What’s happening in polling?

The New York Times and CBS News made big news in the polling world this weekend when they announced that they will begin using online survey panels from YouGov as part of their election coverage. We asked Scott Keeter, our director of survey research, to explain.

Hispanics in the U.S. are divided on how to deal with the thousands of Central American children illegally arriving in the country, according to a Pew Research surveyconducted earlier this month.

Hispanics in the U.S. are divided on how to deal with the thousands of Central American children illegally arriving in the country, according to a Pew Research surveyconducted earlier this month.

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Choose your parents wisely: There is a large class divide in how Americans raise their children. Rich parents can afford to ease up a bit; poor parents need help

We have more data on parents, time use and work here

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So far there has been a 77 percent jump in the number of unaccompanied girls caught at the border this fiscal year, according to Pew Research Center.

That’s a drastic increase, especially when compared with the only slight swell in the number of unaccompanied boys who have been apprehended.

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Broken down further, the biggest difference in apprehensions between the genders happens among teenagers: 

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The dire circumstances in these kids’ home countries might be to blame. When Fusion’s Jorge Ramos spoke with journalist Sonia Nazario about the dangers children face in Central American countries, she detailed threats of violence and rape.

These types of threats may account for the influx of young girls trying to cross the border.

The flood of immigrants crossing the border has created a humanitarian crisis, with politicians on both sides split over a solution.

As politicians continue to battle it out — possibly without any resolution — Central American leaders are converging on Washington. President Obama is slated to meet with the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador Friday at the White House, according to The New York Times. 

During the meeting, he’ll reportedly push the leaders to do all they can to help stem the tide of migrant children coming to the U.S. 

Republicans hold a clear advantage in voter engagement in this fall’s midterm elections, but it is more modest than it was in 2010. And anti-incumbent sentiment remains high.

Republicans hold a clear advantage in voter engagement in this fall’s midterm elections, but it is more modest than it was in 2010. And anti-incumbent sentiment remains high.

As violence and chaos spreads in Iraq, the public is wary of U.S. involvement in the country. A 55% majority says the United States does not have a responsibility to do something about the violence in Iraq; 39% do see a responsibility to act.
What do you think?

As violence and chaos spreads in Iraq, the public is wary of U.S. involvement in the country. A 55% majority says the United States does not have a responsibility to do something about the violence in Iraq; 39% do see a responsibility to act.

What do you think?

A new survey of 1,300 local television news directors produced by RTDNA and Hofstra University paints a mixed picture of the staffing and spending patterns in local television news. 

new survey of 1,300 local television news directors produced by RTDNA and Hofstra University paints a mixed picture of the staffing and spending patterns in local television news. 

The dramatic increase in children traveling to the U.S. without their parents from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, is largely the result of high rates of poverty and violence in their home countries, according to U.S. Department of Homeland Security documents. 

The dramatic increase in children traveling to the U.S. without their parents from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, is largely the result of high rates of poverty and violence in their home countries, according to U.S. Department of Homeland Security documents. 

A new Pew Research Center report found a decline in the ranks of newspaper reporters covering government from some of the most important venues in the U.S.—the 50 state capitol buildings. Our data also revealed that one key indicator of the size of a statehouse press corps is state population, with eight of the 10 most populous states—California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan—ranking in the top 10 in the number of full-time reporters.
But there is another way to look at the relationship between statehouse reporting power and population. The color-coded interactive map  ranks states by the number of statehouse reporters for every 500,000 residents. And by that measure, the results are very different.
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new Pew Research Center report found a decline in the ranks of newspaper reporters covering government from some of the most important venues in the U.S.—the 50 state capitol buildings. Our data also revealed that one key indicator of the size of a statehouse press corps is state population, with eight of the 10 most populous states—California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan—ranking in the top 10 in the number of full-time reporters.

But there is another way to look at the relationship between statehouse reporting power and population. The color-coded interactive map  ranks states by the number of statehouse reporters for every 500,000 residents. And by that measure, the results are very different.

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