Math help for journalists

May 11, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: reporting, writing.

Many journalists say (sometimes jokingly, sometimes not) that they got into the profession because they would not have to deal with a lot of math. For most working reporters, however, that turns out not to be the case. They have to deal with math every day. A good reporter should know how to figure a ratio, an average, a median and a percentage. Here are some web sites that will help you out: (
Investigative Reporters and Editors (with a terrific math test:
University of North Carolina math competency test for journalists ( Why Math Matters by Chip Scanlan (with additional links) (

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