Philadephia Inquirer Content Audit

In 2021, researchers from Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication conducted an independent audit of The Philadelphia Inquirer’s news coverage. The study provided a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative look at The Inquirer’s representation of different races, genders, and geographies in its news coverage and its news team. The content audit is informing The Inquirer’s continued work to ensure that its coverage is more representative. 

More than 3,000 articles, photos, and videos featuring 14,416 sources between August 2019 and July 2020 were analyzed. The work was supported by The Lenfest Local Lab’s content mapping tool, which was created in partnership with The Brown Institute at Columbia School of Journalism. 

The Lenfest Institute has supported this independent audit in partnership with the Independence Public Media Foundation.