chapter  9
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Working with Numerical Information

ByBarbara Alysen, Mandy Oakham, Roger Patching, Gail Sedorkin

Plenty of reporters start out with an ambition to write. It can come as a shock to find they also have to count. Statistics or other numerical data form the basis of many stories, and journalists need to be able to interpret and report data both accurately and in a way that communicates complex detail in an easy-to-understand form. At a more basic level, numbers (the number of people affected, the amount of money involved, and so on) are essential to validate stories that would otherwise rely on opinions.