The group of 5,703 news articles reflects every news article that contained at least one mention of a housing stability issue (as captured by the keywords specified below), published by 12 high circulation newspapers (identified below) in 2018. Following a period of topical analysis and manual coding, we then removed articles that weren’t relevant (i.e. obituaries with a fleeting mention of a person’s past working to help the homeless), and identified a final set of 1,696 relevant articles that reflected the entire universe of news coverage on homelessness, affordable housing, and gentrification — meaning that the group of 1,696 articles reflect every news article published on these issues by the 12 mainstream news outlets in 2018. This final set of 1,696 news articles (and their 1,362,719 million words) were then individually analyzed to produce the findings that follow.
HOMELESSNESS AND OTHER HOUSING STABILITY RELATED ISSUES GARNERED LESS THAN 0.002% OF ATTENTION ON THE NEWS AGENDA IN 2018.