The wealth gap between the wealthiest and the poorest makes the American Dream just a dream for many. But perception can affect policy, and research shows many Americans still want to believe in economic mobility.
Two experts — a university researcher and a former Census Bureau director — point out weaknesses in news coverage of the U.S. census and how journalists can do a better job covering the once-every-10-years population count.
Reporters can get up to date on a public policy issue quickly by reading a research literature review or meta-analysis. This article from the Education Writers Association explains how to find and use them.