Media coverage of the 2018 teacher walkouts | IN 60 SECONDS


During spring 2018, tens of thousands of teachers walked out of their schools. These walkouts attracted extensive media attention, prompting RJ Martin and I to examine
coverage in five major newspapers. What did we find? A mix of good and bad. The good: National papers published
a total of 59 articles on the strikes. Of these, 56 had impartial
headlines and leads. Impressive! The bad: The 254 quotes in the
59 stories favored the strikes by a 5 to 1 margin — a ratio that
far exceeded actual public opinion. Meanwhile, affected families were almost never quoted. Worse: The coverage did little to
put compensation in context or to explain how teacher salaries stack up against median household income in their state. Stories also rarely noted the cost of
generous health care and pension plans. And that’s a problem, because these benefits are a big part of any serious
conversation about teacher pay. Newspapers can do better, and
with more strikes looming, they’ll have plenty of chances. How do you think media covered the teacher strikes? Let us know in your comments. Also, let us know what other topics you’d like our scholars to cover in 60 seconds and be sure to LIKE and subscribe for more research and videos from AEI.

4 thoughts on “Media coverage of the 2018 teacher walkouts | IN 60 SECONDS

  1. Coverage was garbage. It framed teachers as "poor" when they actually had pretty good just take home pay, not to mention eventual pensions. It's gotta be weird to read an article like that if here you've got a teacher making $65 and your whole family makes $65, but, yeah, you've not got a college education. When I was at university the teacher girls that like engineers seemed to either be getting masters or done in 3 years. I don't mean any disrespect, but teaching appears to be an easy major. Actually, I was told it was an easy major by students, so, there's that. I assume these papers are mostly just read by elitists or something?

  2. Indeed it was bad. I actually got good reads from National Review. They covered this quite thoroughly. These primary news outlets are not to be trusted with informative news. I still don't how people consume much of the mainstream news without realizing they're not being fully informed.

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