Perceptions and Misperceptions of America’s Children

The role of the print media

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

June 11, 2003


This working paper begins by reviewing where the general public is mistaken about major issues affecting America’s children. It examines one possible source of this misunderstanding — the print media — by analyzing the print content of five major newspapers over a 13-month period.

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Key Takeaway

Dear American public: You’re uninformed

The American public is largely unaware of the issues affecting kids today, according to this study. One possible reason? The print media isn’t covering these topics frequently — or utilizing statistics when they do.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations