But one of the really interesting things as we flip to the new calendar is how journalism, a traditionally fact-heavy profession, adapts in order to manage, interpret and present truly massive sets of data.
Data literacy is a crucial piece of any journalist’s professional development, but conferences (and newsrooms) are still full of people who harbor a marrow-deep Fear Of The Spreadsheet. (And the converted who still want to learn more: The AIR offices will clear out for MIT’s upcoming Datalore Hack, one of us handed out copies of Alberto Cairo’s “The Functional Art” for holiday gifts, and we’re watching Localorian Julia Kumari Drapkin as she makes her next moves with The Almanac.)
That’s why D’Vera Cohn’s explainer about marriage statistics is one of our must-reads for the week: It’s makes the point that you don’t have to be a theoretical mathematician to clean and present data stories — you just have to have a clear, skeptical head.
That’s it for this week. Thanks for reading.