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Reporting poverty in the UK: a practical guide for journalists

This guide provides journalists with an overview of UK poverty, highlights the dilemmas they face in covering it and suggests ways in which the subject can be dealt with fairly and authoritatively.

Written by:
David Seymour
Date published:

Newly updated - October 2009

The guide has been developed with input from a range of groups dealing with poverty issues and a series of seminars involving journalists from newspapers, television and radio, as well as experts on the subject and people experiencing poverty. It includes:

  • case studies showing how journalists have tackled poverty issues;
  • contact details for relevant organisations;
  • sources of further information;
  • definitions of poverty;
  • facts and statistics relating to poverty.
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