There's Math In My Journalism! Solving Your Numbers Problems

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September 04, 2014 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

There's Math In My Journalism! Solving Your Numbers Problems
Originally Broadcast On:
September 04, 2014
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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If you're not comfortable working with numbers, your stories could be confusing and inaccurate. Whether it's working with large numbers or jargon-filled reports, it can be a challenge to learn how to question the numbers that really tell the story.

In this Webinar, we will review the basics that every journalist needs and give you some practical solutions for working out problems and presenting figures.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to calculate and present percentages
  • How to work with ratios and proportions (do you really mean "three times" last year's figure?)
  • How to write about survey results and margin of error
  • The ethics of numbers
  • How to put numbers in proper perspective
Who Should Take this Course:

Anyone who wants to get better at the routine math every journalist needs.

Course Instructor:

Neil Holdway

Neil Holdway is a news journalist who actually likes numbers. His career began as a copy editor in 1992 at the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, and he has held several editing positions there since. He is now assistant managing editor/copy desk, serving as the lead editor at night and overseeing the front page as well as the web home page. Neil has been treasurer of the American Copy Editors Society and its Education Fund since 2005, and he does bookkeeping and tax work on the side.

Training Partner:

ACES: The Society for Editing

ACES: The Society for Editing is a nonprofit education and membership organization working toward the advancement of copy editors. Its aim is to provide solutions to editing problems, training and a place to discuss common issues.

The organization is an international members’ alliance of editors working at newspapers, magazines, websites, traditional media outlets and Fortune 500 companies, as well as freelance editors, students and professors. It is an organization built on the advocacy of editing as a craft vital to clear writing and reader advocacy.

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