June 15, 2018

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

Foster care graphic

Dropping Knowledge

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

social media graphic

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.

employment digital news newspaper employment

Contextual Healing

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.”

carolina demography graphic
Editor’s note: This is an updated chart. Carolina Demography revised their chart to correct for an error in Winston-Salem and Apex numbers.


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