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Local and regional news coverage about the Flint water crisis was minimal in 2014

Local and regional news coverage about the Flint water crisis was minimal in 2014

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

Local/regional media

National media

250 stories

200

Sep 5

Flint issues another advisory

150

Aug 16

Boil water advisory issued

Apr 25

Flint switches from Detroit to Flint River for tap water

Oct 13

GM stops using Flint River water

100

50

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.

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

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Local and regional news coverage about the Flint water crisis was minimal in 2014

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

Local/regional

National

Sep 5

Flint issues another advisory

250 stories

200

Aug 16

Boil water advisory issued

Oct 13

GM stops using Flint River water

150

Apr 25

Flint switches from Detroit to Flint River for tap water

100

50

0

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

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.

Source: 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

Local and regional news coverage about the Flint water crisis was minimal in 2014

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

Local/regional

National

250 stories

200

C

150

D

B

A

100

50

0

2014

2015

2016

A

Apr 25 Flint switches from Detroit to Flint River for tap water

Aug 16 Boil water advisory issued

B

Sep 5 Flint issues another advisory

C

Oct 13 GM stops using Flint River water

D

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.

Source: 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