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.

June 10, 2003

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    Five misperceptions that Americans have about kids.

  2. 2

    Why these misperceptions may exist.

  3. 3

    Facts about how print media covers these five issues.

  4. 4

    Advice for organizations that use data to help shape policy.

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