The 10 Most Popular Articles on The Journalist’s Resource in 2021


Throughout 2021, The journalist’s resource produced 104 research summaries, articles, in-depth explanations, tip sheets and expert commentary. Here are our 10 most popular articles of 2021, which supported reporters as they reported some of the biggest news of the year – including the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the truck driver shortage and its effect on the global supply chain; and the critical race theory debate. This list includes articles and research summaries that we have published – or significantly expanded and republished – over the past 12 months. Popularity is based on unique pageviews during this period.

1. 4 tips for covering religious exemptions from vaccination warrants

In our most popular 2021 tip sheet, Denise-Marie Ordway called on the ideas of Dorit Reiss, a professor at Hastings College of the Law at the University of California, who studies legal issues related to vaccines. Tip # 1: Don’t assume that employers, colleges, or schools that require COVID-19 vaccinations will offer religious exemptions. And if they do, don’t assume that exemption requests will be approved.

“Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires that U.S. employers, including government agencies, accommodate employees whose religious beliefs and practices conflict with job demands – as long as this does not create not ‘undue hardship’ on the employer, “Ordway writes.” This means that workplace administrators must let employees apply for an exemption if vaccines are needed for the job, but must not grant them. “

2. The Truck Driver Shortage and the Trucking Industry Workforce: 5 Studies to Consider

For years, industry groups have warned of a labor shortage in trucking, especially for long-haul truckers who pick up and deliver across state lines. In April, more than 100 supply chain business groups sent a joint letter to Congress explaining that the pandemic had exacerbated the shortage, in part by forcing driver training schools to temporarily close. To help reporters cover this labor story, Clark Merrefield curated and highlighted five recent studies of the trucking workforce in the United States and abroad.

3. Multicultural education: how schools teach it and where educators say it is insufficient

Ordway examined what research says about multicultural education programs – an important topic as school administrators and policy makers decide how and whether to incorporate such programs into their K-12 curricula. “As American public schools have diversified, educators have introduced multicultural education programs to help children understand and appreciate the differences among themselves – differences in race, religion, socioeconomic status. , gender identity and other personal characteristics, ”she writes, noting that“ it is important to note that there are significant differences between multicultural education and anti-racist education – two types of education discussed more frequently in recent years ”.

4. Covering Critical Race Theory and the Pressure to Keep It Out of US Public Schools: 4 Tips for Journalists

Ordway asked two academics to come up with ideas to help reporters make sense of the recent controversy surrounding Critical Race Theory, a decades-old legal framework for examining how race and racism have shaped the US history and how current laws and systems perpetuate racism. Tip # 1: Familiarize yourself with what critical breed theory is and isn’t. This way you will know when the term is being misused.

5. COVID-19 Vaccines During Pregnancy: What Research Shows

In August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the COVID-19 vaccine for all people 12 years of age and older, including those who are pregnant, saying there is no evidence the vaccine causes problems with fertility, miscarriages or other health problems. To help reporters cover the story, Naseem Miller summarized several academic articles that examine how COVID-19 – and the vaccines created to fight it – are affecting pregnant women.

6. “Defund the police”: what it means and what the research says about whether greater police presence reduces crime

Last summer, more than a year after the police murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and amid a recent spike in violent crime, political conversations about “police funding” in the United States were still so lively. To support the journalistic coverage of the matter, Merrefield provided a nuanced look at policing and policing funding in the United States, drawing on academic literature and contributions from several academic researchers, including, in particular, two former police officers.

seven. Want fewer cars on the road? Doesn’t offer parking, according to research

Merrefield highlighted a study showing a direct correlation between the number of available parking spaces and the number of cars owned in an expensive and space-limited American city. “San Francisco residents who joined affordable housing lotteries from July 2015 through June 2018 and secure units with free parking were more likely to have cars, according to research,” he writes. “Specifically, residents who won the lottery in buildings that guaranteed each unit at least one parking space had double the car ownership rate as residents of buildings without parking. A building’s parking supply is also a stronger indicator of car ownership than access to public transportation, according to research.

8. A minimum wage of $ 15: what the research says

In January, President Joe Biden proposed a federal minimum wage of $ 15 as part of his $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief program. Merrefield provided a comprehensive overview of what the research says about raising the minimum wage. In addition to summarizing formative results and more recent studies on the subject, it includes links to some useful databases – including an inventory of the minimum wage ordinances of cities and counties in the United States from Bangor, Maine to Burlingame, California.

9. Journalists are stressed. What is the solution ?

Amid a seemingly endless stream of tragic news and a constant onslaught of newsroom layoffs, it’s easy to explain why many journalists feel stressed. A more difficult question is what the news industry can do about it. Miller has sifted through dozens of studies on the mental health of journalists and unveiled some research-based tips for dealing with the stress and trauma of news reporting. Tip # 1: Offer trauma training at journalism schools and newsrooms.

1o. Religious exemptions and mandatory vaccines: a review of the research

In a companion article to our tip sheet # 1, Ordway has gathered and summarized several recent peer-reviewed studies that examine exemption requests among workers as well as kindergarten students, who typically must receive a series of childhood vaccinations before starting school. A key finding: “Kindergarten children are less likely to get immunization exemptions for religious or philosophical reasons when schools require their parents to get medical advice and a signed form from a health care provider before. to be able to be considered for exemptions, ”she wrote.

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