Precision Journalism / Edition 4

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Overview

Philip Meyer's work in precision journalism established a new and ongoing trend-the use by reporters of social science research techniques to increase the depth and accuracy of major stories. In this fully updated, fourth edition of the classic Precision Journalism (known as The New Precision Journalism in its third edition), Meyer shows journalists and students of journalism how to use new technology to analyze data and provide more precise information in easier-to-understand forms. New to this edition are an overview of the use of theory and science in journalism; game theory applications; introductions to lurking variables and multiple and logistic regression; and developments in election surveys. Key topics retained and updated include elements of data analysis; the use of statistics, computers, surveys, and experiments; database applications; and the politics of precision journalism. This accessible book is an important resource for working journalists and an indispensable text for all journalism majors.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
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 . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Columbia Journalism Review
In his professional mode, Meyer leads readers into becoming as comfortable with numbers as with words—data analysis, basic statistical procedures, constructing and interpreting surveys, using databases, and much more. At the same time he warns working journalists not to get too comfortable with numbers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742510883
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Meyer is the Knight Chair in Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Journalism We Need 1
2 Using Numbers Rationally 19
3 Some Elements of Data Analysis 37
4 Harnessing the Power of Statistics 51
5 Computers 79
6 Surveys 99
7 Lurking Variables, Part I 131
8 Lurking Variables, Part II 155
9 Experiments: In the Lab, in the Field, and in Nature 175
10 Databases 191
11 How to Analyze an Election 211
12 The Politics of Precision Journalism 231
App Three Things to Measure with Census Data 247
Index 253
About the Author 263
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