Tips for reporters seeking to reveal the scale of inequality

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Every now and then, a data point on inequality emerges that is so clear or shocking that numbers are enough to grab the attention of audiences and policymakers. For instance, in 2017, an investigation by The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team found that while the median net worth of white households in Boston was $247,500, the median net worth of non-immigrant Black households in the city was $8. The shock and disgust at this single digit figure had several impacts, including the launch of a Black Economic Council for the region, and several policy interventions.

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