How America’s Wealth Gap Shows
The article meets journalistic standards excellently. The publisher, NPR, is a non-profit media group that receives only a small portion of its funding from corporate sponsorship and discloses and possible conflicts of interest ("Independence," n.d.; "Public Radio Finances," n.d.). The article’s author is a regular NPR writer who also edits one of their major blogs and has disclosed no conflicts of interest in the article. As for the article itself, every piece of information is based off of reliable resources that are linked to within the article. The biggest source for the story comes from a review of studies published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine by a University of Connecticut research team. Any other references that utilize statistics or make concrete assertions about the nature of poverty and obesity come from websites produced by relevant government agencies, such as the CDC and USDA. Upon reviewing Maria’s sources, I was unable to find any discrepancies between them and the article she wrote. The tone of the article is informational in nature, with the author summarizing current research and actions rather than making editorial statements, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions.
The article itself is both sobering and relevant. The topic of nutrition problems among the impoverished is important to discuss both because of how widespread it is, as well as how easy it is for the populace to ignore such issues. The fact that individuals on SNAP eat even more poorly than the general low-income population (Godoy, 2015) is counter-intuitive and inspires greater investigation as to the reason behind the phenomenon. Ethics of journalism aside, there is no need for the author to color the article with her opinion because the information speaks so loudly for itself. All Maria Godoy does is compile recent news and empirically-backed research relevant to the topic and express it with language that is more digestible by the general public, including plenty of references for those that want to investigate the issue in greater depth.
Godoy, M. (2015, September 20). How America's Wealth Gap Shows Up On Our Dinner Plates. Retrieved November 30, 2015, from http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/09/18/441143723/people-on-food-stamps-eat-less-nutritious-food-than-everyone-else
Independence. (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2015, from http://ethics.npr.org/category/e-independence/
Public Radio Finances. (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2015, from http://www.npr.org/about-npr/178660742/public-radio-finances