How Journalists Establish Trust In Numbers And Statistics: Results From An Exploratory Study

dc.contributor.author Van Witsen, Tony
dc.date 2018-12-09T18:08:23.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-02T06:24:42Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-02T06:24:42Z
dc.date.issued 2018-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Statistics are an essential part of science communication, yet there is little theory about how journalists decide which numbers to trust. Interviews with working journalists showed that many believe statistics are so real as to be unchallengeable. Journalists are more likely to be aware of the trust problem when they have experience with a particular statistic and know its construction. Overall, they tend to follow accepted statistical conventions observed by their beats in determining which numbers to use. This follows theories of trust in news sources and the cultural belief in the transparency of measured reality in general.</p> <p>[Aut1]New abstract</p>
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dc.identifier.articleid 1121
dc.identifier.contextkey 12421984
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.31274/sciencecommunication-181114-8
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dc.identifier.submissionpath sciencecommunication/2018/proceedings/12
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/84514
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dc.subject.disciplines Broadcast and Video Studies
dc.subject.disciplines Communication Technology and New Media
dc.subject.disciplines Critical and Cultural Studies
dc.subject.disciplines Journalism Studies
dc.subject.disciplines Organizational Communication
dc.title How Journalists Establish Trust In Numbers And Statistics: Results From An Exploratory Study
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