Conference | The Poverty Narrative: A Midwest Perspective

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Starting June 9, 2020

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A FREE virtual series dedicated to a deeper understanding of poverty in the U.S. and especially the Midwest.


Join leading journalists and academic researchers to explore:

  • How we can rethink the poverty narrative
  • Understand disadvantage, whether urban or rural
  • Use data in storytelling
  • Where public policy meets real life



Who should attend?

This series is open to anyone interested in improving the narrative around poverty in the U.S. – from exploring new storytelling strategies to translating complex research for deeper public engagement. Sign up for all, or only those you’re most excited about.

For journalists, this series offers a chance to hear from researchers and public policy analysts from the Midwest’s leading poverty research universities, identify new data sources to strengthen their storytelling, learn how to uncover the real-life impact of complex public policies, and hear tips from veteran journalists and other experts on how to report for and about people living in poverty.

For academics, this series will provide an opportunity to hear from journalists from across the country who report on the topics they study, gain a deeper understanding of how to effectively work with the media to improve the public’s understanding of poverty issues, and hear tips about how to promote your research to the public.

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The Agenda

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
12:00 - 1:30PM EST

Lessons on Inequality from COVID-19: Q&A with Michele Norris

The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare inequality in the U.S. and eroded many people's economic security. Join Michele Norris, founder of the Race Card Project, director of The Bridge at Aspen Institute, and former host of the NPR evening news program “All Things Considered”; and Poverty Solutions Director H. Luke Shaefer for this conversation on the turning point our country faces as we reopen the economy and reimagine the social safety net. They'll also discuss the roles academics and media can play in shaping the public's understanding of poverty issues at this critical time.



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Thursday, June 11, 2020
12:00 - 1:30PM EST

Re-thinking the Poverty Narrative

Income inequality in the U.S. hit a record high in 2019, and the coronavirus pandemic has put new strains on our country’s social safety net. More than ever, poverty is a factor on every beat in the newsroom - whether you’re covering city hall, national politics, education, or business and development. This session will cover why it’s so important to get the poverty narrative right, the intersection of race and poverty, and strategies for impactful reporting that centers the experiences of people with low incomes.
Moderated by H. Luke Shaefer


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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
12:00 - 12:50PM EST

How to Tell a Story with Data

As we’ve seen with the coronavirus pandemic, effective integration of data in storytelling can have negative and positive consequences. In this panel we’ll learn about data visualization and how to pair analytics with compelling narrative storytelling.
Moderated by H. Luke Shaefer


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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
1:00 - 2:00PM EST

Solutions Journalism Workshop

Impactful reporting does more than just identify problems - it identifies how people are responding to problems and evaluates which solutions are truly effective. Solutions Journalism Network will share strategies journalists can use to produce compelling coverage of responses to social problems across the U.S. and discuss the role of academic research in identifying which solutions work.
Moderated by Lauren Slagter of Poverty Solutions at U-M


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Thursday, June 18, 2020
12:00 - 1:30PM EST

Understanding Disadvantage in Rural, Urban, and Suburban Places

Disadvantage takes different forms in different places, and context is important when reporting on challenges facing a community and potential solutions. This panel will discuss how poverty plays out in rural, urban, and suburban places.
Moderated by Lynette Clemetson, director of Wallace House at the University of Michigan


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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
12:00 - 1:30PM EST

Where Public Policy Meets Real Life

Coronavirus relief efforts have launched a new tangle of public policies dictating who receives aid and when and how that aid is delivered. In this panel, veteran journalists will share their experiences cutting through the wonky world of public policy to uncover the real-world impact of policymakers’ decisions and the role academics can play in helping the public understand these issues.
Moderated by Elisabeth Gerber


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Thursday, June 25, 2020
12:00 - 1:30PM EST

Using Personal Stories for Systemic Change

Sharing the personal stories of people directly affected by poverty can be a powerful way to raise awareness of an issue and spur action. Speakers will share strategies for identifying people whose personal experiences illustrate broader issues and how to share their stories in a way that contributes to systemic change.
Moderated by H. Luke Shaefer


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Contact

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about how our stories and research can shape how policy makers, community leaders, and the public think about poverty.

Questions? Contact Karen Otzen at kotzen@umich.edu.







Brought to you by the Midwest Mobility from Poverty Network


The Midwest Mobility from Poverty Network is focused on providing rapid response data and analysis to community stakeholders and policymakers who want to enhance economic mobility and decrease poverty.