Socioeconomic Status



“Coverage of Kate Spade’s Death Reveals Need for Media Diversity” | Columbia Journalism Review

  • “Who is in the newsroom often determines what experiences are broad enough to be universalized in stories.”

“Covering College Student Homelessness and Food Insecurity: 7 Tips From Sara Goldrick-Rab” | Journalist’s Resource

  • “The vast majority of college students don’t fit the image promoted by pop culture: someone who just finished high school, attends a four-year institution, has no children and lives on campus. Don’t perpetuate that stereotype.”

“Cycle the Word Homeless Out of Your Vocabulary” | The Daily of the University of Washington

  • “Homeless implies that those currently lacking a proper residence have never known nor experienced a place of love and belonging…The term houseless should duly replace homeless in an effort to adequately embrace a growing population of individuals who are not currently being fairly treated.”

If Americans Don’t Like the Word ‘Inequality’, Would ‘Fairness’ Be Better?” | Economic Hardship Reporting Project

  • “The next time that we hear words like ‘inequality’ blotted out in our public discourse, we should start to reach for new language and frameworks to describe it.”

“The Language Around Homelessness Is Finally Changing” | Curbed

  •  In 2020, The Associated Press Stylebook began recommending “homeless people,” “people without housing,” or “people without homes.” Avoid “vagrant” and “derelict.”

“Missing the Story” | Columbia Journalism Review

  • “The people who are most likely to appear in these kinds of stories are the least likely to have a say in how those stories are told.”

“Parents Reinforce Class Stigma in These 8 Subtle Ways” | Romper

  • “Avoid using phrases like ‘real job’ or ‘honest living,’ because all you’re doing is perpetuating discriminatory ideas about labor.”

“People Who Stereotype the Homeless Make the Problem Worse” | Daily Titan

  • “Phrases like, ‘You’re dressed like a homeless person’ are offensive and perpetuate more negative ideas about homeless individuals.”

“Rethinking the Language Around Homelessness” | KCRW

  • “Nonprofit workers and advocates have been trying to change how we describe unhoused people. Rather than say ‘the homeless’ or ‘homeless person,’ they prefer ‘person experiencing homelessness.’”

“Scrutinizing Language Is a Form of Classism” | NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

  • “In addition to the jargon and acronyms, we also tend to harbor expectations that people in higher education and student affairs will use and understand what I like to call ‘GRE words,’ or larger, more complex words that people often associate with being educated or professional.”

“3 Tips for Reporting on Rural Health” | Journalist’s Resource

  • “Be specific about what you mean when you’re talking about rural: Is the area isolated? Far from a hospital? Sparsely populated?”

“Why Is It Still OK to ‘Trash’ Poor White People?” | NPR

  • “‘White trash’ could be called the Swiss army knife of insults. It’s deft in its ability to demean multiple groups at once: white people and people of color, poor people and people who ‘act’ like poor people, rural folks and religious folks, and anyone without a college degree.”

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