The state of statistics in journalism and journalism education: issues and debates.

Nguyen, A. and Lugo-Ocando, J., 2016. The state of statistics in journalism and journalism education: issues and debates. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, 17 (1), pp. 3-17.

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Abstract

This paper discusses journalists’ vast misunderstanding, underestimation and ignorance of the nature of statistics and their role in shaping the public’s daily work and life. In countering what the authors see as the most common myths about numbers and the news, it aims to set the scene for the key issues and debates that this special issue covers. At the centre of this discussion are three key points: (a) statistics are not distant from the news: they are at the heart of journalism; (b) statistics are not mathematics: they are about the application of the same kind of logical and valid reasoning needed for other types of news material; and (c) statistics are neither cold nor boring: they are an endless source of inspiration for much excellent journalism in the past, present and, undoubtedly, future.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1464-8849
Uncontrolled Keywords:Data journalism, data reporting, numbers in the news, numeracy skills, quantitative literacy, statistics for journalists
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Media School
ID Code:22230
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:13 Jul 2015 14:55
Last Modified:19 Jan 2016 15:04

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