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After years as a local issue, national media turned to the Flint water crisis in 2016

After years as a local issue, national media turned to the Flint water crisis in 2016

Number of Flint water crisis-related stories identified in the local/regional and national news outlets studied

Jan 16

President Obama declares state of emergency and offers $5M in aid

 

Apr 20

Criminal charges filed

Jan 4–5

State of emergency declared in Genesee County and Michigan

 

Mar 6

Democratic presidential candidates hold a debate in Flint

May 4

Obama addresses Flint

250 stories

200

150

Local/

regional media

100

50

National

media

0

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

2014

2015

2016

Note: Data represent stories identified in local, regional and national news media and were retrieved from LexisNexis and ProQuest News & Newspapers databases. Local and regional news media include daily, weekly and alt-weekly newspapers in the Flint and Detroit regions, as well as the digital outlet MLive.com. National news media include national newspapers and TV network evening programming. For a full list of news outlets, see the Methodology.

Pew Research Center audit of local, regional and national news coverage of the Flint water crisis, Jan. 5, 2014–July 2, 2016.

“Searching for News: The Flint Water Crisis”

PEW RESEARCH CENTER

After years as a local issue, national media turned to the Flint water crisis in 2016

Number of Flint water crisis-related stories identified in the local/regional and national news outlets studied

Local/regional

National

May 4

Obama addresses Flint

Apr 20

Criminal charges filed

Mar 6

Democratic presidential candidates hold a debate in Flint

Jan 16

President Obama declares state of emergency and offers $5M in aid

 

250 stories

200

Jan 4–5

State of emergency declared in Genesee County and Michigan

 

150

100

50

0

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

2014

2015

2016

Note: Data represent stories identified in local, regional and national news media and were retrieved from LexisNexis and ProQuest News & Newspapers databases. Local and regional news media include daily, weekly and alt-weekly newspapers in the Flint and Detroit regions, as well as the digital outlet MLive.com. National news media include national newspapers and TV network evening programming. For a full list of news outlets, see the Methodology.

Pew Research Center audit of local, regional and national news coverage of the Flint water crisis, Jan. 5, 2014–July 2, 2016.

“Searching for News: The Flint Water Crisis”

PEW RESEARCH CENTER

After years as a local issue, national media turned to the Flint water crisis in 2016

Number of Flint water crisis-related stories identified in the local/regional and national news outlets studied

Local/regional

National

B

D

A

E

C

250 stories

200

150

100

50

0

2014

2015

2016

A

Jan 4–5 State of emergency declared in Genesee County and Michigan

 

Jan 16 President Obama declares state of emergency and offers $5M in aid

 

B

Mar 6 Democratic presidential candidates hold a debate in Flint

C

Apr 20 Criminal charges filed

D

May 4 Obama addresses Flint

E

Note: Data represent stories identified in local, regional and national news media and were retrieved from LexisNexis and ProQuest News & Newspapers databases. Local and regional news media include daily, weekly and alt-weekly newspapers in the Flint and Detroit regions, as well as the digital outlet MLive.com. National news media include national newspapers and TV network evening programming. For a full list of news outlets, see the Methodology.

Pew Research Center audit of local, regional and national news coverage of the Flint water crisis, Jan. 5, 2014–July 2, 2016.

“Searching for News: The Flint Water Crisis”

PEW RESEARCH CENTER