12/6/2016

STATS.org

 

A resource to enable statistics driven journalism.

STATS.org is an online resource that seeks to facilitate the effective use of statistics in journalism.

The project is a collaboration between Sense About Science USA and the American Statistical Association, with the aim of breaking down silos between the statistics and journalism communities.

"If you are a statistician you are unlikely to engage in journalism in a serious way, and if you are a journalist you are unlikely to engage in statistics in a serious way," they explain on the project's website.

To overcome this problem, STATS.org provides:

  • Free statistical help for journalists through an advisory board of volunteer statisticians from universities across the United States
  • Interactive workshops at news organizations that help journalists understand statistical concepts through examples relevant to them
  • Case studies on the use and misuse of statistics in the news, public policy, and scientific research

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The resource has already helped journalists from the Associated Press, ABC News, the New York Times, the Economist and Vox.

Keep tuned - the team are currently in the process of creating:

  • Workshops for journalism schools
  • Modules on statistics in science—a database of examples of appropriate uses of statistics in biomedicine, astronomy, the geosciences, climate science, etc.
  • Accurate and captivating visualizations of statistical concepts for the general public
  • Subject-area workshops for journalists
  • Public engagement workshops for statisticians to help them communicate to journalists and the public

Visit STATS.org here.

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