Print Media Treatment of the 2005 American Community Survey
Panel staff reviewed 57 articles in 44 newspapers around the United States, published August 15–16, 2006, that featured the initial release of data from the 2005 ACS on social and demographic characteristics of areas with at least 65,000 people. The newspapers covered included major national papers, such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today, other major metropolitan newspapers (for example, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Houston Chronicle), and smaller newspapers (for example, the Anchorage Daily News, the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Toledo Blade).
Six conclusions are drawn from this review:
tion available to decision makers and will become an important national asset if it is used appropriately and to its full potential. Cultivating a data user network that helps users navigate their way through this new maze of methods and issues will help the Census Bureau ensure that all will rise to the challenge of using this valuable tool of the nation’s statistical system.
Recommendation 7-2: The Census Bureau should develop a comprehensive program of user education, outreach, and feedback for the ACS. Two goals of the program should be (1) to educate users in the basics of the ACS, how it differs from the census long-form sample and other data sources, and appropriate methods to use the data; and (2) to develop paths for systematic feedback from users to improve the training materials, identify potential problems with the data, and sug-