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Presentation 8F2. Statistics and the News Media

Yuen Ying Chan (Hong Kong)


Presentation Abstract

Statistics play an essential role in almost every aspect of journalism. Journalists write about crime rates, employment trends, election returns, micro and macro-economic data and so on. Media organizations report on polls and surveys conducted by government agencies, businesses or the media themselves. Yet statistics are also one of the most abused topics in news media reports. The paper will give an overview of the use and abuse of statistics in the news media, the latest developments in the ways journalists handle data; the rise of precision and database journalism and how the Internet has provided journalists with unprecedented access to vast volumes of original data. The paper will also explore the role of statistics in journalism education.


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