Precision Journalism: A Reporter's Introduction to Social Science Methods

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 263 pages
Meyer (journalism, U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) advocates for the use of social science research methods in the reporting of news stories. As an example, he cites how a reporter analyzed storm damage inspections, property tax rolls, Dade County's Building Master File, and the county's Building and Zoning database to show how relative levels of damage from Hurricane Andrew were directly related to weakened building codes. He describes the use of surveys, databases, computer analyses, and other tools of the social sciences in analyzing and presenting information. The previous edition of this work was titled The New Precision Journalism. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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The Journalism We Need
1
Using Numbers Rationally
19
Some Elements of Data Analysis
37
Harnessing the Power of Statistics
51
Computers
79
Surveys
99
Lurking Variables Part I
131
Lurking Variables Part II
155
Experiments In the Lab in the Field and in Nature
175
Databases
191
How to Analyze an Election
211
The Politics of Precision Journalism
231
Three Things to Measure with Census Data
247
Index
253
About the Author
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Philip Meyer is the Knight Chair in Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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