State of the News Media 2014

BY AMY MITCHELL from Pew Research In many ways, 2013 and early 2014 brought a level of energy to the news industry not seen for a long time. Even as challenges of the past several years continue and new ones emerge, the activities this year have created a new sense of optimism – or perhaps hope…

Women In Workforce Key To Healthy Economies

from NPR International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde in Brussels earlier this year. Lagarde says women are underutilized in the global economy. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP LISTEN HERE As the first woman to lead the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde is among an elite group of people determining how money is saved, spent and invested…

The Cities Where Even 3 Minimum Wage Jobs Won’t Pay the Rent

by Richard Florida from The Atlantic Reuters Inequality has risen across America. Once high-paying middle class jobs have disappeared, as the job market has cleaved into high-wage knowledge and professional jobs and an even larger number of low-pay, low skill service positions. The result of this cleaving has been increasingly unaffordable housing, especially in the…

Shrinking Majority of Americans Support Death Penalty

from Pew Research According to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, 55% of U.S. adults say they favor the death penalty for persons convicted of murder. A significant minority (37%) oppose the practice. While a majority of U.S. adults still support the death penalty, public opinion in favor of capital punishment has seen a modest…