I-News Project: Losing Ground

Contents of this page

  1. About this project....
  2. Editor's Note
  3. Text stories & the story budget
  4. County-level data files for localizing stories
  5. e-book
  6. Print & interactive graphics
  7. Losing Ground "house ad"
  8. Interactive timeline
  9. Video [Updated Jan 17]
  10. Photos[Updated Jan 17]

ATTENTION: NATIONAL PARTNERS

I-News has taken the reporting and data from our series "Losing Ground" and recast it into a national story with supporting data. The following parts are available for you use.

We would also bring the web service "Tiki-Toki" to your attention. We used it to create a timeline of civil rights era events across the nation and in Colorado. Link to: Losing Ground timeline

Contact information for I-News:

I-News_LosingGround-National_Mainbar.docx - This is the main national overview story based on the I-News analysis of census data that shows black and Latino residents in  the United States have lost ground as compared to the nation’s white residents in the decades since the civil rights movement on important measures such as family income, high school and college graduation rates, homeownership and poverty. The data is tracked decade by decade between 1960 and 2010.

I-News_LosingGround-NationalGapTrends.docx - This is a one-page background on trends among states in what has happened with the gaps by income, education and poverty over the decades. 

I-News_LosingGround-NationalEditorsNote.docx - This is the editor's note on how the analysis was done using the Census data. 

I-News_LosingGround_NationalGapCharts.pdf - This is a pdf document that shows the national percentages and numbers for the education, income, homeownership and poverty indicators by decade from 1960 to 2010 for white, black and Latinos. It also includes tables and charts showing the gaps over time for each of the five indicators.

I-News_LosingGround-StateByState.xlsx - This is an excel chart showing by state for each decade between 1960 and 2010 high school and college graduation rates for adults, median family income, poverty and homeownership for households. It also shows the gaps for each decade between white and black residents and white and Latino residents. There is separate tab and worksheet or each of the five indicators. State by state excel charts on poverty, median family income, homeownership, and high school and college graduation rates for adults decade by decade between 1960 and 2010. The data can be used to find out what has happened with the gaps in your state or states.

I-News_LosingGround-RaceByState - This is an excel spreadsheet showing the white, Latino and black populations state by state  for each decade between 1960 and 2010 from census data.

Click here to download all National files in a single .ZIP file.

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Losing Ground - Colorado

"Losing Ground" presents a compelling, disturbing portrait of a state where black and Latino residents are falling further and further behind their white counterparts. That state is Colorado.

I-News journalists analyzed six decades of reports from the U.S. Census Bureau to track the state's poverty rates, family income, high school and college graduation rates and home ownership. The analysis uncovered surprising racial and ethnic disparities. Minority gains made during the era of the civil rights movement eroded with time. Colorado evolved from a state that was by most measures more equitable than the national average in the first decades covered by the analysis to one that is less so now.

The project budget, editor's note and four main stories are available for your review and planning. A brief description is followed by a link to the Microsoft Word file of the story. Click on the link to download the file.

You can download all four stories and the budget in a single Zip file from this link:LosingGround-Budget_Stories.zip

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Editor's Note: Losing Ground

I-News analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data from 1960 through 2010 to calculate the Latino, black and white demographics for high school and college graduation rates for adults 25 years and older, poverty of all people in each group, median family income and home ownership rates for households occupied by each group. Median family income was used as a measurement because median household income was not a category in 1960 and 1970.

For 1960 and 1970, I-News used the 1 percent Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) unweighted from the Minnesota Population Center website at the University of Minnesota. This allowed us to distinguish African American numbers from the total non-white category used in the published Census tables. We also used the PUMs to retrieve poverty information for whites, not Hispanic. For several states, including some in New England and some in the Intermountain West, the black and Latino populations were very small in 1960 and 1970. There were major, self-acknowledged problems with the Census Bureau’s 1970 attempt to count Latinos. There was, for example, confusion in the Midwest and South over the Latino question that had many white residents mistakenly identifying as Latinos. In addition, residents in several Mideast states were only asked if they were from Puerto Rico. The PUMS data mitigated these problems, but did not eliminate them entirely.

1980: I-News used the pdf version of the published Census tables on the U.S. Census Bureau web site.

1990: I-News downloaded the Census information from the U.S. Census Bureau. The white, not Hispanic population was calculated by subtracting the Latino, black, Asian and Native American totals from the total population.

2000 and 2010: I-News downloaded the data from the U.S. Census Bureau Web page using American Fact Finder. For 2000, the Census long form data for income, poverty, and education was used. For 2010, the 1-year American Community Survey was analyzed.

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Losing Ground: Project Budget

This document contains a complete list of all text, graphics, photos, video audio and other elements that will be available for your use with this project.

I-News_Losing_Ground_Project_Budget.doc [MS Word file]

I-News_Losing_Ground_Editor_note.docx [MS Word file]

Day 1: Losing Ground: Colorado's Minorities

By Burt Hubbard and Ann Carnahan (2,294 words)

When it comes to some of the most important measures of social progress – income, poverty, education and home ownership – the gaps between minorities and whites in Colorado are worse now than they were before the Civil Rights Movement. An I-News Network analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data dating back to 1960 reveals that the most recent decades haven't been kind to aspirations of equality by the state's black and Latino residents.

College graduation rates among blacks and Latinos are less than half of those for white adults. Poverty rates are almost three times higher. And less than half of minority households own their own homes, compared to seven of nine white households. Strikingly, the racial and ethnic disparities in Colorado for most economic and educational measures were below the national average during the first of the decennial studies covered by the analysis. However, most of those gaps in Colorado are greater today than the national average, I-News found.

I-News_Losing Ground_Colorado Minorities.doc [MS Word file]

Day 2: Family Disintegration

By Ann Carnahan Espinola (2,240 words)

National experts and community activists and politicians say the rise of the single parent household and the number of children born to single mothers are major factors in the widening disparities between the races. “There’s nothing that impacts those issues _ issues of economics, their education, their quality of life _ more than the economic challenges faced by single mothers,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who is black. “The family structure has disintegrated in a sense.” Men of color, particularly blacks, are also incarcerated at a much greater rate than whites, which community leaders attribute to the war on drugs and mandatory sentencing.

I-News_Losing Ground_Family Disintegration [MS Word file]

Day 3: Changing Economy

By Burt Hubbard (1,600 words)

In the late 1960s, the giant CF&I steel plant on the southern end of Pueblo was the economic driving engine and racial equalizer with 13,000 jobs for Colorado’s southernmost large city. Two decades later, most of those jobs disappeared and the educational economic disparities between the city’s Latino and white residents began to widen. Manufacturing jobs have diminished from 14 percent of all jobs in 1970 to 7.5 percent in 2010, according to an I-News analysis. One in four Latino workers in Colorado had a manufacturing job in 1970. Today, it is less than one in 10. Federal government jobs, another source of employment for minority families, have also dwindled in scope, falling from 5.8 percent of all jobs in Colorado in 1970 to 3.2 percent in 2010, the analysis found. The changing Colorado economy is a root source of growing inequities between the state’s white residents and minorities.

I-News_Losing Ground_ Changing Economy [MS Word file]

Day 4: Health Disparities

By Kevin Vaughan (2,282 words)

The past 50 years have seen tremendous advances in medicine and corresponding advances in everything from disease control to life expectancy. But Hispanics and blacks in Colorado have not enjoyed the same benefits as whites, and today the two groups lag behind in one critical measure of health after another. Hispanics, for example, have the highest rate of cervical cancer and other diseases and are above the state average in diabetes and chronic liver and kidney disease. The disparities are even more stark for Colorado's African American population: Blacks experience an infant mortality rate that is approaching three times that seen among all Coloradans, and they die an average of 3.4 years younger than whites in the state. They lead Colorado in the rates of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Closing the gaps will be difficult and complicated, because the factors involved go far beyond issues like health insurance -- stretching into socio-economic factors that contribute in ways that may not be readily apparent.

I-News_Losing Ground_Health Disparities [MS Word file]

Losing Ground: The Voices

Edited by Jim Trotter

These interviews, in which national and local experts, community leaders and activists address the racial disparities, with a representative pull-quote listed below, are available for websites. All interviews have been abridged and paraphrased for context and length. Total of 43.

Download a .zip file of MS Word documents for Losing Ground: The Voices package.

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Data files

These zip file below contains four files with the most recent county-by-county summaries from the American Community Survey to help you localize Losing Ground for your market, as well as spreadsheet numbers supporting the summaries.

Click here to download a zip file with these four documents

Contact Burt Hubbard, editorial director at (303) 620-5672 or bhubbard@inewsnetwork.org with questions or concerns about these data files.

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e-book

 

The project has also been assembled as a 128-page e-book in PDF format.

The e-book includes all of the stories, graphics, a selection of photos and the Voices section of the project.

Click to download the PDF e-book

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Print and Interactive Graphics

Main print graphics

There are graphics available that illustrate many of the data points in the project.

The first is a print graphic available in Adobe Illustrator, EPS, JPG and PDF. There is a banner graphic for print and web for the entire series.

Click the links to download the various file formats: Adobe Illustrator | EPS | PDF| JPG

Health Disparities graphics

Two smaller graphics illustrate Life Expectancy and Infant Mortality information from 1999 to 2011 gathered from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and I-News research.

Click the links to download the various file formats:

Adobe Illustrator | EPS | PDF| JPG

Losing Ground Banner Graphics

The project banner/logo (PNG version shown above) is available as a print quality TIFF or for online use in .png format. Click to download: TIFF | PNG

Interactive graphic

Next is an Flash graphic that can be embedded into your website. The image below links to a working version of the graphic. Clicking the the buttons on the left side changes the displayed information on the right.

Click on the graphic above or this link to view the actual interactive graphic (opens in a new page.)

The <swfobject> tag is one method to do this. You will need to slightly modify the index.html file to reflect the directory in which you're placing the .swf and .fla files. Or you may use your Content Management System's built-in functionality. (Visit http://code.google.com/p/swfobject/ for more information.

Click here for a zip file of the required parts for embedding the graphic. [Appx 10 mB]

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House Ad

 

A "house ad" is provided (see example above) as a collected Adobe InDesign project saved in .zip format. This ad can be customized to your needs with logos and run dates, etc. Additionally, a flat PDF file is available that can be customized in Adobe Photoshop.

Click here to download the files.

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Interactive Timeline

Burt Hubbard has compiled an interactive timeline of the civil rights era with an emphasis on event in Colorado (as well as nationally.)

It is hosted on Tiki-toki.com which provides embed code for use on your site. A zip file that contains a short amount of embed code as an HTML iFrame and Javascript can be downloaded below. (Note that the width and height of the timeline can be adjusted through the <iframe> tag.)

Timeline embed code as text file

Here is what the timeline looks like when embedded. (Click "Continue" on the timeline splash images to enter it. Click and drag to move through the timeline.

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Video

 

The video was updated to correct a small typo in the title and is now online.

Losing Ground "Colorado's Minorities" from I-News on Vimeo.

Password: p@rtn3r5 ....enter the password to view the video.

You may use the embed code provided by Vimeo (place your cursor in the video area to display the "embed" icon in the upper right corner) or use the download links below (links below) for the video file in various sizes.

Note: Vimeo may report the duration as 45:00+ mins. That is incorrect. It is 5:00 minutes long.

Download links for the video:

Other videos now available:

Family Disintegration

Losing Ground Family Disintegration from I-News on Vimeo.

Changing Economy

Losing Ground - Changing Economy from I-News on Vimeo.

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Still Images

A selection of images for each story is available. Use this gallery to view thubmail images, captions and access download links to the high resolution original JPGS.

They can be downloaded via FTP at this address. NOTE: You must include @inewsnetwork in the username when accessing the FTP site.

  • user name: partners@inewsnetwork.org
  • password: p@rtn3r5

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    Publication is embargoed until Jan. 20, 2013 or thereafter.

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