January 31, 2020

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.

Dropping Knowledge

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.

  • A New Partnership Between Wake County and Wake Tech Aims to Help People Climb the Economic Ladder

    Indy Week | 01/28/2020

  • Report Details Increasing Climate Threats

    Coastal Review Online | 01/30/2020

  • Will you still need a college education in 2040?

    Fast Company | 01/29/2020

  • This Program Is Building a Pipeline of Special Education Teachers

    EdSurge | 01/30/2020

  • Can treating poverty change a child’s brain?

    Maclean's | 01/06/2020

  • Patients can’t afford for doctors to misunderstand the healthcare business

    Quartz | 01/22/2020

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