05:00 AM - November 14, 2011
By the numbers
Eighteenth-largest city in California; 107th-largest city in the US, between Des Moines, Iowa, and Fayetteville, North Carolina
Race and ethnicity
4.2% African American
Median household income
Stanislaus County, E&J Gallo Winder, Modesto City Schools, Foster Farms, Seneca Foods, Del Monte Foods
One of the 25 most polluted cities in the US
Number two in car thefts per 100,000 people
In 2010, Modesto’s metropolitan area ranked 161 of the 162 listed in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, just above that of Huntington, West Virginia
13.2% of Modesto households earned less than $15,000 in 2010, above both the California and national averages
2.7% earned more than $200,000, below both the state and national averages
Water Wealth Contentment Health
Notable former residents
Chandra Levy, George Lucas, Mark Spitz, Scott Peterson, Jeremy Renner This piece is part of CJR’s Nov/Dec 2011 roundtable discussion of the future of news in Modesto, California, and places like it. For more on the topic, click here.
‘See you on the other side’ - Meet Jessica Lum, a terminally ill 25-year-old who chose to spend what little time she had practicing journalism
#Realtalk: This is the best moment to be in journalism - The old stuff isn’t coming back, but that’s okay
Streams of consciousness - Millennials expect a steady diet of quick-hit, social-media-mediated bits and bytes. What does that mean for journalism?
Sticking with the truth - How ‘balanced’ coverage helped sustain the bogus claim that childhood vaccines can cause autism
An ink-stained stretch - Can Aaron Kushner save the Orange County Register—and the newspaper industry?
How much of Rosen’s trouble is of his own making?
Cat Fall: A modern tragedy
Max Fisher and the problem with foreign-affairs blogging
“I hope my nudity doesn’t bother you. We’re completely committed to openness here”
David Foster Wallace’s 2005 Kenyon commencement speech as a short film
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.