April 23, 2019While “just the facts” has long been a journalistic credo, research shows that true objectivity is not attainable. Journalists make myriad choices about which facts to privilege, who gets to help communicate them, and how. In our recent survey of nearly 250 Minnesota media professionals, we asked how often People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) people are used as subject matter experts for stories that are not explicitly about race and culture. Seventy-two percent of all professionals surveyed said either rarely or never. Among journalists who themselves identified as POCI, that percentage rose to 84 percent.
April 10, 2019The deadly opioid crisis has attracted national media attention. This article offers a brief overview of the crisis, outlining what some researchers call “three intertwined epidemics”: the initial overprescription of opiates, rising deaths from heroin overdose, and finally the deadly impact of synthetic opioids like fentanyl.
January 30, 2019The 2020 Census has been in the news more than usual. Here’s six answers to your questions about the upcoming 2020 Census. Get up to speed on the status of question revisions (impacting race, same-sex partners, and possibly citizenship), which states may gain or lose congressional seats, when electoral votes could shift, and more.
January 23, 2019Explore media stories that contain insights and contributions from the APM Research Lab.
January 15, 2019At 2.1 percent, Nevada and Idaho led all states in population growth during 2017-2018. The other swiftly growing states were Utah (1.9%), Arizona (1.7%), and Florida and Washington (1.5% apiece). While these states grew the fastest, Texas (+379,100) and Florida (+322,500) added the most people. But why are many states adding population while some now have more elbow room? The story varies quite a bit by state. The mix of births, deaths, and net migration from other states and abroad results in a state’s growing or shrinking population.
January 8, 2019In the last 20 years, has the proportion of the world population that is living in extreme poverty (a) almost doubled, (b) remained more or less the same, or (c) almost halved? This is one of the questions in a brief quiz that opens Factfulness, a best-selling book authored by perhaps the most enthusiastic and engaging apostle of data to ever grace a TED talk stage. I have long been a fan of Hans Rosling’s presentations, so I thought a review the book he left us prior to recently passing away would be a good way to start the year.
December 11, 2018Democrats took the U.S. House in this fall’s elections, and women made historic gains. But who sent them there? Now that the election results are finally in, here is what the data from our Representing US project are telling us.
December 6, 2018What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about the role of water in your life? This is one of the questions respondents answered in the qualitative study “How Americans Relate to Water” we recently completed with Wilder Research on behalf of the Water Main. The Water Main aims to “connect people to the value of water” as it “builds public will in support of clean, abundant, accessible water.” To support this mission, we needed to first better understand the broader question, how do Americans relate to water?
November 12, 2018Minnesota was a bellwether in the 2018 midterm elections. See what various political polls—rounded up from numerous reputable sources—said about the races for governor, attorney general, U.S. Senate, and Minnesota’s Congressional races during the countdown to election day, and how close they were to election outcomes.
November 2, 2018As the demand for labor intensifies, workers can choose among jobs that help them capitalize on the economy’s gifts. For workers, this economy is a boon. But for those on the receiving end of some occupations, it is nothing short of painful. Many of society’s employed caregivers—assisting children, the disabled, and older adults—perform physically and emotionally demanding work for little pay. With roughly 1 in 10 of these caring jobs now vacant, community members needing care face the consequences.
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