Additional Strong Communities, Culture & Recreation
11 - Crime Rate
12 - Open
infant mortality (deaths per 1,000 births) for the total population
and the black population in New Jersey: Little recent change
| Things to think about
existence of newspapers does not guarantee that we will learn
all that we need. We also depend on many kinds of personal experiences
that are not reflected in an indicator about newspaper readership.
Newspapers report on
the events of the moment, but they do not always cover incremental
change - even though crucial issues, such as population growth
and accumulation of pollutants, can sneak up on us slowly.
We are increasingly obtaining
from the Internet information that was previously obtained from
knowing the actions and reactions of our neighbors and leaders,
we can do little to change them. Armed with knowledge, however,
we have the ability to remake our state to suit our goals. Newspapers
are particularly important to New Jerseyans for local information.
Our major television and radio broadcasts come from New York
and Philadelphia and leave discussion of our values to our state
newspapers. The number of people reading New Jersey newspapers
is an indicator of how engaged we are with New Jersey issues.
Over the morning
paper, we get a glimpse of demographic shifts that call for
new products or job relocations. While reading on the bus, we
find out about upcoming regulations that may change the way
our families save or our businesses operate. Behind the Sunday
paper, we learn what our colleagues and competitors are working
on. The daily newspaper is an important information tool for
the only medium that regularly covers local environmental decisions,
especially regarding land use and the location of waste and
energy production facilities. Newspapers tie the environmental
problems that we feel locally to those happening nationally
and globally, so that we can solve them together. These issues
are covered in greater depth in newspapers than in other media.
newspaper exposure and in-depth coverage of social issues, we
would live in the dark. We would not know where crimes are committed,
where politicians are meeting, where schools are excelling or
failing to meet their potential. Newspapers do not offer us
a full two-way dialog, but they do help foster responsibility
and build communities.
indicator does not consider the quality of the news stories
reported, only their quantity. It also does not account for
the growth of electronic news media, including the Internet.
We have yet to assess fully the impact of New York and Philadelphia
newspapers on New Jersey issues and readers. Additional data
are needed for this indicator, as this survey has not been conducted
Data Source: Standard Rate and Data Service