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The Economic Hardship Reporting Project aims to change the national conversation around both poverty and economic insecurity. The stories we commission – from narrative features to photo essays and video – put a human face on financial instability. We fund and place our reportage and photojournalism in the most renowned and popular sites and magazines, from The New York Times to Slate to MSNBC.
EHRP is emerging in a bleak climate. The number of billionaires doubled between 2009 and 2014 but no one else saw much of a windfall. Despite economic growth, inequality continues to rise and poverty to soar. It’s the biggest domestic economic story of our lifetimes: intractable, long-term unemployment and a yawning income gap between the wealthy, the middle class and the working poor.
We at EHRP believe in telling the underreported stories of American inequality through a range of genres and contributors. Inspired by the FSA and the WPA of the Depression, we want to give voice and work to writers and photographers from unexpected quarters. Our aim is to humanize inequality: some of our writers and photographers are themselves financially on the edge, telling the stories of their communities.
Our multimedia work has been nationally recognized, with a first place award from POY and nominations for an Emmy and for a National Magazine Award in multimedia. Many of our articles are the most emailed and read on the major national media sites where they appear.
Editorial Independence Policy
Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.
We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.
Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.
We have co-published our work with these major national publications:
Barbara Ehrenreich, the founder of EHRP, is the author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America; Bait and Switch: On the (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream; Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America; and numerous other books. She works closely with journalists to develop their stories for EHRP. Follow on Twitter @B_Ehrenreich.
Alissa Quart is the Executive Editor of EHRP. She is also the author of three non-fiction books, Branded, Hothouse Kids, and Republic of Outsiders. She has written features for The New York Times Magazine, Elle, The Atlantic, The Nation, Pacific Standard and many other magazines and has contributed frequent reported opinion pieces to The New York Times and elsewhere. She wrote and produced the Emmy- and ASME-nominated multimedia project “The Last Clinic” among other multimedia projects. She has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism among other universities and was a 2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Her first book of poetry Monetized is out in March 2015 from Miami University Press. Follow on Twitter @lisquart.