The great divide: Investigating income inequality
Income inequality zoomed into the headlines with the Occupy movement and the 2012 presidential campaign, but most coverage was more about heat than light. Talk of an "income gap" "or the 99%" obscures a complicated reality and ignores most of the story - trends in the middle class. Income inequality is growing in many places, shrinking in others. Its pace and texture vary. Some causes are global and national, some are local. Come learn better ways to cover a complex story, including how journalists did recent stories and data tools you can use to analyze local trends.
Robert Gebeloff has been a database projects editor at The New York Times since 2008 and has reported hundreds of data-driven stories, including some really good ones. @gebeloffnyt
Himanshu started his career in Britain, interning for the Financial Times and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He got his Masters in Journalism at Columbia University before joining Reuters as a data reporter in the summer of 2011, where he has worked since. He is now based in London. @h_ojha
Paul Overberg is a data reporter at the Wall Street Journal and a member of its investigative team. He focuses on economic and demographic stories but helps reporters working on many subjects. He previously worked at USA TODAY, where he worked on projects that won the Philip Meyer Award for Precision Journalism and the National Headliner Award.
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