Reporting Examples

Most hunger coverage focuses on food organizations, food drives, official action and other episodic events. Such coverage often doesn’t pay enough attention to the bedrock problems  behind hunger. The following stories do more to show the seriousness of the issue and the reasons for the problem.


natgeo

The New Face of Hunger

(http://www.nationalgeographic.com/foodfeatures/hunger/)

This story finds faces of hunger in American cities, especially in cities with economic prosperity. It shatters stereotypes about hunger and what it looks like — not only the homeless, but individuals with jobs and families. Text, photos, videos and graphics package  a fuller picture of how hungry Americans live with food insecurity.


kqed

Hunger in the Valley of Plenty

(http://www.kqed.org/news/specialcoverage/hungerinthevalleyofplenty/index.jsp)

This story includes multimedia, but also interacts with audiences, involving components like a pregnant teen’s diary about food, young people’s Instagram pictures of lunch and games. This is an example of successful community hunger coverage because the three videos show perspectives of families, school and the town.

Like the lead of this project says, “California’s San Joaquin Valley is the country’s most productive farm belt… Yet for the people who work and live near these farms, access to health and fresh food can be a daily struggle.”

Reporters should be encouraged to learn the unexpected side of their own communities. Cities that seem perfect may actually be places where reporters will find some serious hunger problems in their communities.


nyt

Working Anything but 9 to 5

(http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/08/13/us/starbucks-workers-scheduling-hours.html?_r=0)

Many people suffer from hunger for many reasons, such as low-paying jobs,  long hours, extensive family duties and other responsibilities related to daily life.  The story shows how a working mom must must make difficult choices. The story also illustrates how technology has replaced workers, especially those in low-paid jobs.

The Price of Nice Nails

(http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/nyregion/at-nail-salons-in-nyc-manicurists-are-underpaid-and-unprotected.html)

Immigrants are an important component in the nation’s economy. How are immigrants in your community faring? Have you tried to talk to them or discover their lives? This piece shows how Asian immigrants are abused in nail salons with low pay and long hours. It was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist.


wapo

How companies make millions off lead-poisoned, poor blacks

(https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/how-companies-make-millions-off-lead-poisoned-poor-blacks/2015/08/25/7460c1de-0d8c-11e5-9726-49d6fa26a8c6_story.html?hpid=z4)

What causes and perpetuates poverty? Sometimes, broken systems or unscrupulous businesses may prolong the problem. This article explains how one business exploited the poor by appropriating their funds. Reporters should look into deceptions or criminal activity that may affect the hungry.


peninsula

Driving with suspended license top crime in Menola Park, many lose cars

(http://peninsulapress.com/2015/06/17/driving-suspended-license-top-crime-in-menlo-park-california/)


postandcourier

Problems persist in South Carolina’s secretive system for taxing vehicles

(http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150207/PC16/150209532)

These two pieces discuss the way problematic systems affect poor people and move them into a vicious circle. The first article talks about how the unreasonable suspension of drivers’ licenses and overpriced traffic citation force people to lose their cars and can even affect their family life. The second article addresses how a faulty vehicle tax system can make people pay more  than they should have. Sadly, these two systematic problems are often ignored. Editors and reporters may even miss the problem because of stereotypes or limited access to  data analysis.