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Developing Students’ Confidence in Using Data in their Journalism

Frost, Chris (2021) Developing Students’ Confidence in Using Data in their Journalism. Journalism Education, 10 (2). pp. 25-33. ISSN 2050-3903

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Anyone who has been paying attention over the past two years will be aware of the importance of data. The SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic has often been portrayed in figures, whether with the daily death toll or the imminent collapse of the health service and local hospitals. The wide transmission of misinformation has also often been played out in figures regularly showing a complete ignorance of the use of data.
Journalists, even working for major publishers such as the BBC or national newspapers, are not immune to failings. FullFact.org, the factchecking campaign group, have had their hands full during the pandemic correcting misinformation in newspapers that should (and possibly do) know better. Readers end up ill-informed either because of poor journalism or unethical journalism. Training in some basic statistical skills and the confidence to handle data can only help improve our students’ employability, ethics and their journalism.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN4699 Journalism
Divisions: Screen School
Publisher: Association for Journalism Education
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 13 May 2022 10:39
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2023 09:03
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16847
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