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October 30, 2014


Hourly rate Ferguson, MO, officials charge journalists who seek access to public records related to the Michael Brown shooting


Percentage of Hispanic Americans who think the media cover their communities accurately

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Percentage of African-Americans who believe local news stations cover the black community more accurately than other news sources


Percentage of Hispanic Americans who believe that ethnic media cover the Hispanic community more accurately than other news sources


Number of polls analyzed in FiveThirtyEight’s Senate forecast model as of October 19


Percentage of Americans who saw, heard, or read news of the James Foley and Steven Sotloff beheadings. According to Mark Murray, NBC News’ senior political editor, it was the highest media penetration of any news event of the past five years.


Revenue earned by print newspapers per hour of reader attention in 2012, down from $2.78 in 2008


Approximate number of reporters who covered Hillary Clinton’s appearance at Senator Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry in Indianola, IA, in mid-September

Sources: Politico, American Press Institute, FiveThirtyEight, NBC News, The Washington Post, American Economic Review

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