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University of Sheffield

Making Sense of Data in the Media

by University of Sheffield

Making Sense of Data in the Media

University of Sheffield

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There's an ongoing discussion about where the responsibility lies in the media to tell the truth. This course by the University of Sheffield unravels the complexities of the spectrum of veracity through an expert's lens.

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Making Sense of Data in the Media

by University of Sheffield

Making Sense of Data in the Media

University of Sheffield

Overview

Media literacy is healthy for any given society, especially in the age of the internet. But how can we be sure that the statistics flashing by on our screens give an accurate account of the story?

Mark Taylor, Aneta Piekut, and Andrew Bell teach Quantitative Methods and Quantitative Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield Methods Institute. Joined by Todd Hartman of the Royal Statistical Society, the instructors teach us how statistics are gathered in the media, and which numbers we can trust.

This University of Sheffield course offered through FutureLearn draws on expert statisticians to showcase the power of accurate or inaccurate statistics. Making Sense of Data in the Media is great for anyone looking to sharpen their perspective of the news media and the role of data collection in shaping public perception.

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"Often we want to make sense of the world, so we use whatever data is readily available… This can provide important insights where we previously had little information, yet it can also increase the chance of finding spurious or false relationships."

Todd Hartman

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Making Sense of Data in the Media

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