Math Tools for Journalists

Math Tools for Journalists

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Overview

Math Tools for Journalists by Kathleen Woodruff Wickham

Math Tools for Journalists is a concise guide to the mathc oncepts journalists regularly face. The book offers a refresher on arithmetic, then covers increasingly complex math topics ranging from percentages to statistics. The goal of Math Tools for Journalists is to enable journalists to feel comfortable with math. The end result should be stories written with greater clarity, credibility and accuracy. The book is also designed for journalism programs seeking to meet the mandates of the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. ACEJMC adopted new standards in Fall 2000 calling on accredited journalism schools to include numeracy skills within the professional values and competencies taught to undergraduate journalism majors. The new principles were effective September 2001. Journalism schools seeking accreditation beginning in 2002-2003 will have to utilize the standards as part of the accreditation process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780966517651
Publisher: Marion Street Press, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2002
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 145
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.37(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction10
Acknowledgments13
Chapter 1Math Basics15
1.1Equality, addition, subtraction16
1.2Multiplication16
1.3Division16
1.4Squares, square roots, to the power of17
1.5Fractions18
1.6Decimals and percentages19
1.7Rounding20
Skill Drills21
Learning Challenge22
Chapter 2Percentages23
2.1Percentage increase/decrease24
2.2Percentage of the whole25
2.3Percentage points26
2.4Simple/annual interest28
2.5Compounding interest29
Skill Drills33
Learning Challenge35
Chapter 3Statistics37
3.1Mean38
3.2Median38
3.3Mode39
3.4Percentile39
3.5Variance and standard deviation41
Skill Drills45
Learning Challenge48
Chapter 4Polls and Surveys49
4.1Populations and samples50
4.2Margin of error and confidence level51
4.3Census54
4.4Inferential statistics (z and t scores)55
Skill Drills57
Learning Challenge60
Chapter 5Business61
5.1Financial statements62
5.2Profit and loss63
5.3Balance sheet65
5.4Ratio analysis67
Skill Drills71
Learning Challenge74
Chapter 6Stocks and Bonds75
6.1Stocks76
6.2Bonds77
6.3Industrial average indexes80
Skill Drills82
Learning Challenge83
Chapter 7Real Estate Taxes85
7.1Mill88
7.2Appraisal value88
7.3Assessed value89
7.4Calculating tax90
Skill Drills92
Learning Challenge93
Chapter 8Directional Measurements95
8.1Time, rate and distance96
8.2Speed, velocity, acceleration, momentum98
Skill Drills104
Learning Challenge105
Chapter 9Area Measurements107
9.1Perimeter109
9.2Areas of squares and rectangles109
9.3Square feet, square yards110
Skill Drills112
Learning Challenge113
Chapter 10Volume Measurements115
10.1Liquid measurements116
10.2Rectangular solid118
10.3Cord118
10.4Ton118
Skill Drills119
Learning Challenge120
Chapter 11The Metric System121
11.1Definitions122
11.2Basics122
11.3Length124
11.4Area126
11.5Mass127
11.6Volume128
11.7Temperature129
11.8Style rules130
Skill Drills132
Learning Challenge134
Appendix 1Conversions135
Appendix 2Online Resources/Calculators136
Index138
Formula Quick Reference141

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