Thursday, January 16, 2003

free event about how poor you are

we received this email from fairness & accuracy in reporting, announcing some upcoming media events in new york, and we thought we'd share it with you:

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
Media analysis, critiques and activism


FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting) presents

The Underreported Impact of Welfare "Reform"

a talk by Kathy Leichter, director of "A Day's Work, A Day's Pay," & Matt Pacenza, staff writer, City Limits

Friday, January 24, 6:30 PM
Housing Works Used Book Café
126 Crosby St (between Prince and Houston), New York
Free and Open to the Public

Mainstream media cheered for welfare reform in 1996, and were quick to declare success when the number of people on welfare started dropping. Behind those numbers, however, is a day-to-day reality in which millions of Americans continue to struggle with poverty, and now do so with less government assistance. Today, one in three American families with young children can’t afford basic necessities like food, housing, health care and child care, according to a recent report from the Economic Policy Institute. Yet for the most part, their stories-- and the stories of those in even greater need-- are absent from the mainstream media. One study of local TV news by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, for instance, found that out of 7,423 stories in 2002, just 13 were about welfare and poverty.

Please join FAIR for a discussion with two independent media-makers of how they've approached welfare issues, and of what aspects of the story the mainstream press is missing.

*Kathy Leichter co-produced and directed the documentary "A Day's Work, A Day's Pay," and is co-founder of Mint Leaf Productions, an independent film and TV production company. She has worked in documentary film and video for fourteen years.

Matt Pacenza covers welfare and housing at City Limits, an urban affairs newsmagazine. In 2001, he won several national journalism prizes for his series investigating New York City's property tax policies.

*You can hear an interview with Kathy Leichter on FAIR's radio show, CounterSpin, as part of our special two-part series "Poverty and the Press"


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