Understanding Poverty


In late 2016, Busted: America’s Poverty Myths is a five part series from On the Media exploring the way poverty is portrayed in the United States and the realities that people face. The episodes include (descriptions come from On the Media):

  • The Poverty TourWelfare advocate Jack Frech has taken reporters on “poverty tours” of Athens County, Ohio, for years. But has media attention made any difference in the lives of the Appalachian poor?
  • Who Deserves to be Poor? — The notion that poverty stems from a lack of will power and a poor work ethic is as old as America. Why that needs to be dispelled.
  • When the Safety Net Doesn’t Catch You — Government assistance in the United States helps millions out of poverty, but often the most needy fall through the cracks.
  • Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook: Poverty in America Edition — When reporting on poverty, the media fall into familiar traps. How to steer clear of stereotypes and seek insight.