Master class: Statistics for journalists *pre-registered attendees only

  • Event: 2020 NICAR Conference
  • Speakers: Steve Doig of ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism; Holly Hacker of The Dallas Morning News
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 5 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Galerie 5 - 2nd floor
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Statistical methods can help you go beyond counting, sorting and filtering data to look at relationships, make predictions and level the playing fields. Statistical analyses can provide hard evidence to back up (or discredit) a theory. This master class will help you understand the concepts and methods most often used by journalists, including:

*Linear regression


*Statistical significance

*Describing and visualizing your data

This master class is aimed at those already familiar with basic data analysis using spreadsheets and ready to add statistical analysis to their toolkits. 

Please bring your laptop to the training. Before the conference, please install R and R Studio (free, open-source software) on your computer.

Pre-registration is required and seating is limited.

Speaker Bios

  • Steve Doig teaches data journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism of Arizona State University. Before joining ASU in 1996, he was Research Editor of the Miami Herald where he worked for 20 years. Various data projects on which he worked at the Herald and at ASU have won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the IRE Award, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the George Polk Award, and other recognition.

  • Holly Hacker is an investigative reporter at The Dallas Morning News. Before that, she covered education at The News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Ventura County (CA) Star. She's a past winner of the Philip Meyer Award for stories that exposed cheating on standardized tests in Texas. @hollyhacker

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