Working With Numbers and Statistics: A Handbook for Journalists
Authors Charles Livingston and Paul Voakes developed this resource book
to improve journalistic writing and reporting, enabling journalists to:
*make accurate, reliable computations, which in turn enables one to
make relevant comparisons, put facts into perspective, and lend
important context to stories;
*recognize inaccurate presentations, whether willfully spun or just carelessly relayed;
*ask appropriate questions about numerical matters;
*translate complicated numbers for viewers and readers in ways they can readily understand;
*understand computer-assisted reporting; and
*write livelier, more precise pieces through the use of numbers.
The math is presented in a journalistic context throughout, enabling
readers to see how the procedures will come into play in their work.
Working With Numbers and Statistics is designed as a reference work
for journalism students developing their writing and reporting skills.
It will also serve professionals as a useful tool to improve their
understanding and use of numbers in news stories.