The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Reporting Poverty: Narratives Around Need

Poverty and inequality sit at the heart of a huge range of issues in both the US and UK and yet so much of journalism features at best a superficial view, at worst exploitation and condemnation of people experiencing poverty.

As these toxic narratives have become widespread, the problem of poverty has itself been increasing, through years of austerity and the thinning of social support. This has been taken to new extremes by the shocks of the global financial crisis and now the Covid-19 pandemic – the economic impact of which we have barely begun to witness.

This talk brings together two of the foremost chroniclers of inequality in both countries to discuss these issues, look ahead to future prospects and problems, and give advice on telling stories with authenticity and empathy.

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The discussion took place on Zoom and was broadcast live on the CIJ YouTube channel.

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7 July 2021 – #CIJSummer: Reporting Poverty with Dale Maharidge and Mary O'Hara

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Dale Maharidge

Dale Maharidge is the author of non-fiction Pulitzer Prize-winning And Their Children After Them, and eleven other books. Among them is Journey to Nowhere/The Saga of the New Underclass, which inspired Bruce Springsteen to write the song “Youngstown.” His most recent book is Fucked At Birth/ Recalibrating the American Dream.

Mary O’Hara

Mary O’Hara is an award-winning journalist, author and producer. Her journalism appears in publications including the Guardian and Mosaic Science. She is the author of two books: The Shame Game: Overturning the toxic poverty narrative (2020) & Austerity Bites: A journey to the sharp end of cuts in the UK (2014) and is founder of the multi-platform anti-poverty initiative, Project Twist-It.
  • 7 July 2021 15.30–16.30 British Summer Time (GMT +1)
British Summer Time (GMT +1)
Location: Zoom webinar & YouTube Live stream
All levels
This event will be recorded