Telling Stories with Data (Global Fact 7)

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Date(s) - 29/06/2020
10:00 - 11:00


Discussion: “Telling Stories with Data”
Global Fact 7
DATE: Monday, 29 June 2020, 10.00am-11.00 BST (GMT+1)
VENUE: Online (Google Meet)

Numbers get bandied about the airwaves, but do journalists and others know if they’re accurate or even appropriate? Understanding basic statistics matters, because our public policy is supposed to be driven by evidence. But if decision makers and the public don’t comprehend the data being rigorously collected, what’s the point?

Join us for an introductory conversation to discuss the importance of using data in telling news and other stories. Journalists and policy makers will share their experiences. A representative from the Northern Ireland Statistics Research Agency will explain their work and how they can help.

You won’t become an instant data journalist, but you’ll gain an appreciation of the value of good data in telling stories.

FactCheckNI wants to explore the role that good data has in telling – or at least enhancing – a regular news story, and the benefit to fact checkers of being able to work closely with statutory statistical agencies. This idea was crystallised by the Northern Ireland Statistic Research Agency (NISRA) working with broadcast media outlets to ensure official statistics were being reported accurately during the UK General Election in December 2019. Since then, statistics have become even more important and their use even more prevalent during the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of the virtual Global Fact 7 conference, this session will be an introductory conversation about the use of data in telling news and other stories with a senior statistician, an accomplished journalist, and a public policy expert, talking with the editor of FactCheckNI about the importance of data and how it is used. The presentation and interpretation of COVID-19 related data will be explored.

Objectives of this event include increasing awareness among fact checking organisations of the value of developing good working relationships with statutory statistics agencies. It should prompt other organisations to talk about their successes and challenges during the Q&A, and open up a discussion about fact checkers promoting data journalism and best practice across the wider media.



Bookings are closed for this event.