For Your Consideration
NC Child released a report this week on the child welfare impact of the opioid crisis in North Carolina. Here are a few key findings:
- 16,556 children in North Carolina lived in foster care during 2017
- Parental substance use was a contributing factor to out-of-home placement for 39% of children entering foster care in SFY 2016-17 up from 26 percent in SFY 2007-08
Pew Research Center and Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism both released reports about the state of newspapers and digital news in 2018. Nieman Lab has a good overview article of the 144-page Reuters report, including some helpful graphs. A few things to note:
- After years of growth, the proportion of Americans getting their news from social media has declined, largely due to the declining use of Facebook
- After growing from about 9 percent in 2016 to 16 percent in 2017, the share of people paying for online news has remained constant this year, driven mainly by left-leaning people and people under 35
Pew Research Center’s Digital News Fact Sheet and Newspaper Fact Sheet provide a good comparison of traditional and digital-native newsrooms. Unsurprisingly, employment, circulation, and advertising revenue have all continued to decrease in traditional newsrooms. On the contrary, employment in digital-native newsrooms has grown while the average number of unique visitors per month for digital-news outlets has declined slightly since 2016.
Carolina Demography’s latest blog post shows that a tale of two North Carolina’s continues: metropolitan areas continue to grow while rural areas lose population:
“Just 125 municipalities are growing on par or faster than the state since 2010, many of which are located around the Charlotte, Triangle, and Wilmington metropolitan areas.”
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