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#jpod: A guide to using numbers in journalism

January 27th, 2012Posted by in Podcast

The vast majority of journalists are tasked with reporting statistics from time to time. From hospital waiting times to crime reports, company results, government figures and the annual budget, all have scope for inaccuracies and reporters can get the story wrong.

This podcast looks at how numbers can lead to errors and embarrassment for journalists. technology correspondent Sarah Marshall hears advice from Michael Blastland, author and creator of the BBC Radio 4 programme More or Less; James Ball, data reporter at the Guardian; Professor Steve Schifferes, course leader in financial journalism at City University and Andy Trotter, chief constable of the British Transport Police.

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