Math for Journalists Certificate

$75.00 $29.95

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Math for Journalists Certificate

Your guide to writing about numbers accurately, ethically and elegantly, with a quick review of how to calculate the basics.

Overview

  • Learn to write about numbers accurately, ethically and elegantly
  • Take this four-hour course at your own pace
  • Join the thousands of writers who gained more confidence in their abilities after completing Poynter’s numeracy primer
  • Earn a certificate upon completion to prove your proficiency
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this self-directed course, you will understand:

  • The importance of both precision and rounding
  • How to avoid meaningless correlations
  • What percent, percentage point and percent change mean
  • How to write about polling numbers and common governmental data
  • How to calculate rate and think about risk
Sale!

$75.00 $29.95

Overview

  • Learn to write about numbers accurately, ethically and elegantly
  • Take this four-hour course at your own pace
  • Join the thousands of writers who gained more confidence in their abilities after completing Poynter’s numeracy primer
  • Earn a certificate upon completion to prove your proficiency

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Previously known as the Numeracy Primer, the Math for Journalists Certificate has been updated to help aspiring and early career journalists write about numbers with confidence.

Reporters on the business beat or covering city government expect to deal with numbers in most stories, but they’re not the only ones. Numbers crop up in media stories constantly. Science and health reporting. Education. Food. Even weather: We challenge you to find a story about climate change, drought or forest fires that is not full of numbers.

And as journalism confronts the age of Big Data, more numbers are appearing in more and more places. Only now, they’re dressed up as data and hobnob with fancy friends like “correlation” and “analytics.” What’s a hapless journalist to do?

The Math for Journalists Certificate is here to help you confront these numbers head-on and write about them accurately, ethically and elegantly. Educators, we encourage you to integrate this certificate into your classroom. Upon successful completion of the course, your students will receive a certificate to demonstrate their competence.

Questions?

If you need assistance, email us at info@newsu.org.

Start this course anytime and finish on your own schedule. All the modules are self-directed and include reading material and quizzes. We estimate it will take you four hours to complete the course, which includes:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Writing About Numbers
  • Chapter 2: Percent, Percentage Points and Percent Change
  • Chapter 3: What are the Chances?
  • Resources and Final Exam

Who should enroll

This course is for journalists who want to be able to write about numbers in a clear and concise way for their audiences.

It will test and stretch your literacy around numbers. While brief refreshers on how to calculate some types of numbers will be provided, this course focuses on writing about numbers.

 

Cost

Tuition for this popular Poynter course — now featuring a certificate — is $29.95. It includes unlimited access to reading material, randomized practice drills and assessments.

Instructors

  • Pamela Hogle
    Freelance writer and editor
    Pamela Hogle is a freelance writer and editor. She holds master’s degrees in journalism and canine studies. Pam has taught editing at USFSP and worked...
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