Source:Mark Hansen, Jodi Upton, Gerson Vasquez and Hansi Wang
Affiliation:Columbia Journalism School, Syracuse University, Census Bureau and NPR
Census 2020 is less than a year away, and many different kinds of reporting will be required to adequately cover it. From lawsuits and policies to misinformation campaigns on social media, to the new changes to differential privacy rules around data release, a journalist working the census has a vast beat. Local outlets have a special responsibility to make sure their communities are informed of the impact of being adequately counted. This means stories that underscore the importance of a good count (for both political as well as economic reasons -- nearly $900 billion a year in federal funds will return to communities based on these counts), and make sure their vulnerable populations are being addressed. This panel discussion will cover the different aspects involved in adequately covering the 2020 Census, including both Census officials and journalists currently on the beat.