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The New York Times has published eight print and multimedia projects from EHRP.

The Atlantic has published nine EHRP pieces to date.

Fusion has published six in the past year. 

New Yorker.com has run two in the last six months.


Our work impacts people's lives.
To name a few examples: 

➞  Readers boycotted plasma donation centers that exploit low-income people’s bodies and damage them medically after an EHRP first person account of these places.

➞  An Oklahoma lawmaker apologized about his characterization of Native American alcoholism after one of our pieces on that topic was published. 

➞  Amazon tried (unsuccessfully!) to silence an EHRP critique of its warehouse working conditions.

➞  An EHRP-commissioned story about Los Angeles' Skid Row was cited by homeless activists as influencing city officials to soften a law preventing homeless people from carrying anything larger than a backpack. 

➞  An EHRP contributor's piece in Jezebel about a nonprofit's misguided attempts to cultivate more resilience in low-income communities prompted a rethinking of the community engagement strategy for a collaboration between AFL-CIO and the United Way and how they use the term “resilience” with the poor.

➞  Another contributor's piece in The Nation about a movement to nest churches within public schools in Florida led to the removal of an embedded church-in-a-school. It has also served as a rallying cry for separation of church and state activists. 




The Economic Hardship Reporting Project helps to fill an enormous gap in media coverage of economic issues. Reporting is overwhelmingly tilted so that the focus is on the concerns and lives of the rich and powerful. This is not only in the focus on corporate profits and stock market fluctuations, but also in the lives of the individuals who we hear about as part of the ‘economy.’

We can count on seeing endless stories on how best to deal with a 401(k), the best strategies for our kids to get through the college application process, and even helpful tips on hiring nannies. These accounts can be useful information for the wealthiest segment of the population, but they don’t tell us anything about the people who don’t have 401(k)s, can’t afford college for their kids, and wouldn’t dream of hiring a nanny.

The Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP) is an important effort to fill this gap. It presents the people who are just struggling to get by in today’s economy, which is unfortunately a larger group than those who think about hiring nannies. The EHRP tells the stories of people that many in the business press would just as soon not hear. It is important that these stories get out to the public and that people be reminded of the economy beyond the stock market.
— Dean Baker, Co-Director of CEPR
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