Watch the live stream here from 5 to 6:30 p.m. CST, or attend in person in Smith Forum Room 200 at the Reynolds Journalism Institute.
 
A Missouri School of Journalism capstone class will hold a symposium Tuesday, Dec. 9, to present resources, statistics and reporting tips to help newsrooms report on economic inequality in their communities. 
 
“Cover Your Gap” will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. CST December 9 at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, Missouri. The event will be streamed live on RJI’s website. The presentations are also open to the public.  
 
“Seventeen journalists spent the past four months trying to understand economic inequality in the United States,” says senior Lizzie Johnson. “Economic inequality impacts every person in the U.S. and its effects reach into the areas of housing, education, healthcare and financial well-being. 
 
“In the past 50 years, economic inequality has only increased in this country, making it an issue that requires more coverage by our newsrooms.” 
Johnson and her classmates spent this semester researching how economic inequality developed historically in the U.S., reasons for its pervasiveness today and how the public perceives it. 
 
“We will also analyze the kinds of coverage being done on this issue and the need for continued, deeper coverage in the future,” she says.  
 
Presenters include Johnson and classmates Jessica Anania, Batul Hassan, Meghan Hatcher, Chris Jasper, Phil Joens, Caitlin Kerflin, Hank Koebler, Trevor MacDonald and Lexie Maynard. 
 
The symposium will be held in the Fred W. Smith Forum (Room 200) at RJI at the Missouri School of Journalism. Refreshments will be served. The hashtag for the event is #CoverYourGap.
 

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