Over the course of the past several weeks, I have spent many nights staying up late, researching the economy. While this sounds intense, it’s what is required in order to have an understanding of economic terms, how to use them in a story and simplify them for your audience.
Covering the economy has been more than a juggling of numbers and terms, it has given me insight into the ways in which communities operate, benefit and lose out. For instance, I did not know that in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System played a very important role in the funding and success of one’s school. The correlation, poor results = less funding +less access to resources= poor results, I realized that this cyclical system ineffectively measures a students’ performance. For many affluent communities is a positive thing, and for those unfortunate enough to be from less affluent communities, its quite the opposite.