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Resource ID: #206
Subject: 480
Source: 21David Cay Johnston, Paul Overberg
Affiliation: Independent journalist, USA TODAY
Date: 2013



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.

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