We are helping trainee and practising journalists to develop a better grasp of the basic principles and methods of statistics. Currently many media colleges lack the expertise in house to teach students about how scientific work is carried out and published, or how to understand the basic statistics central to many everyday stories – polls, averages, variance, uncertainty, significance and more.
The aim is to encourage those with expertise in science and statistics to volunteer as guest speakers at media colleges and newsrooms, to foster greater scientific and statistical literacy in the press.
By offering your time and expertise, you’ll be investing in the future of science reporting, helping to ensure science and statistics are covered accurately in the news.
The materials have been developed as part of both the Royal Statistical Society’s getstats campaign and the the RSS Science Journalism Programme which provides training for journalists in both science and statistics. The RSS Science Journalism Programme is hosted by the Society and funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Presentations - Slideshows and sample syllabus ideas.
Handouts & Further Reading - Useful documents that can be offered as handouts for students to take home with them.
Exercises - Practical tasks that will support initial lessons.