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Numeracy for journalists (September 2013)


Tuesday 17 September 2013

Time: to be confirmed

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NUJ Head Office, Headland House, 308-312 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP


If you could do with sharpening your numerical skills in relation to reporting, this is the workshop for you.

Also, if the mere thought of numbers sends a shiver down your creative spine, it's time to stop avoiding the dark arts of maths and step into enlightenment – this workshop is not only informative, you'll enjoy it too!

Our research shows that many journalists, while finding it a breeze to write sparkling copy, struggle with numbers – or at least could improve their numerical skills in relation to journalism.

No matter what your specialism, the ability to work with figures is a huge advantage when you need to create impact. In fact, if you don't feel comfortable with statistics, percentages, charts and trend data, you may be missing (or misreporting) stories.

This engaging, fun and dynamic workshop provides the antidote to traditional maths classes. Through a combination of patient explanation, real-life examples and exercises, the mystique of numbers will be removed. By the end of the course, attendees will become much more comfortable about using figures in their reports.

Areas covered include:

  • Numeracy (a refresher)
  • Percentages and perspective
  • Comparative data and averages
  • Probability and risk
  • Trends and predictions
  • Substituting words with figures, charts and graphs to create impact
  • Using numbers to find a story.

How much will it cost?

Who should attend

This course is designed for journalists and PRs who have little or no prior knowledge of maths and statistics. The course is engaging, interactive and the teaching will be mixed with exercises. Questions are encouraged and the tutor will demonstrate key concepts and techniques using real-life, recent examples from the news.

Tutor: Gary Merrill.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Details on course fees.


Further details and contact information

NUJ Training
Telephone: 020 7520 8340

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