Title: If data-driven journalism is the future, what do journalists need to know about statistics
Authors: Trevor Butterworth - Sense About Science USA (United States) [presenting]
Abstract: In 2010, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world-wide web said ``journalists need to be data-savvy'' because ``data-driven journalism is the future.'' Was he right? And if so, what do journalists need to understand about statistics and how can statisticians engage the media. This talk will report on three projects by Sense About Science USA that have engages journalists and statisticians: STATScheck, a free service for journalists staffed by volunteer statisticians that has addressed hundreds of queries on how to understand data on deadline; STATS workshops for newsrooms, journalism schools, and journalism organizations; and communication workshops for statisticians run in conjunction with the American Statistical Association. What have we learned from these projects? What needs to be done to improve statistical literacy in the media?