In the News
At NCCPPR and EdNC, we think about the news a lot — from how we produce education news on EdNC.org but also the state of journalism, especially local news, in North Carolina. A few articles published this week highlight the challenges local news face in North Carolina but also the opportunities.
The New Yorker published an insightful article on what happens when rural areas lose their local news coverage. Focused on the town of Pollocksville in Jones County, the article explores the consequences of not having local reporters to hold people accountable as well as how residents have adapted without a local paper. It’s a long read, but I highly recommend it.
On the more uplifting side, check out this project from the N&O, called Journey Across the 100. Journalists traveled to all 100 counties to ask voters what issues they care about ahead of the 2020 election and then produced a video about each county. Find yours here.
A higher minimum wage has beneficial effects on children’s health and development, according to a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. The authors use a quasi-experimental research design and data from the National Survey of Children’s Health.
They find that a $1 increase in the minimum wage over a child’s life is associated with a 10% increase in the probability that the child is in excellent health and a 25-40% decrease in missed school days due to illness or injury. Importantly, the researchers find that these positive impacts are largely associated with an increase in the minimum wage during the child’s first five years of life.
EdNC is turning 5!
The Center’s affiliate organization, EdNC.org, turns 5 this January. This week, EdNC published the 2019-20 annual report and several articles about the organization’s mission, impact, and development. Take a few minutes to read through them and understand how the work of EdNC and the Center is impacting public policy in North Carolina.
- EducationNC’s Annual Report, 2019-20
- EdNC turns 5: Who gives a damn about education? You do.
- On leadership of the self, the organization, and society: What I’ve learned leading EdNC
- How we are reaching more people who care about education
What we're reading
EducationNC’s Annual Report, 2019-20EdNC is 5 years old, and Mebane Rash is out with the 2019-20 annual report. Read it here. ... Read the rest
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