Better Use of Statistics in Journalism
    What reporters should do?
  • Keep copy numbers-free
  • Keep number of digits in a paragraph below 8
  • Round off -- a lot
  • Memorize common numbers on a beat
  • Use devices/metaphors from everyday life
  • Learn to think in ratios
  • Learn from one another

Estimating Crowds

  • Beware of the official estimate (on both sides)
  • A better method:
    1) Estimate the are in square feet (length X width)
    2) Divide by:
  • 10 - for a loose crowd
  • 7.5 - for a tighter crowd
    Try to account for turnover


How is Journalism Using This?
How Do I Get It?
Student Projects
An Online Tool for you to Use

Interesting Sites for Statistics
Additional links:
Tutorial on Chart Types on
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