It’s such a relief to work on a subject people care about and the press gets right

The quality of coverage on cash transfers and poverty has been simply outstanding. Here is another, in the NY Times.

This was not my experience studying war in Africa. Even in the same vaunted newspaper.

My previous feeling: most journalists are hacks. My new assessment: otherwise intelligent people are overtaken by hackiness if something rhymes with child soldier.

Or maybe its just the second-tier war correspondents who are sensationalist fibbers.

2 thoughts on “It’s such a relief to work on a subject people care about and the press gets right

  1. Right, because all academics working in Africa are intellectually curious, academically rigorous and developing research that is relevant for policy change. Oh, wait.

  2. I don’t think it’s the subject that’s different, it’s whether the people at Planet Money are involved. They’re the only ones who actually care about economics research and not just finding economists to take opposing sides.