Journalist's Resource brings the numbers back to journalism

byIJNet
Jun 27, 2011 in Journalism Basics

A new resource helps journalists find statistics and research to back up their stories.

The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government launched a new site to help journalists find that incisive statistic for a nut graf or add perspective to their story.

The free, open-access site Journalist's Resource, offers summaries of 255 scholarly papers on hot-button topics ranging from "Newspaper Coverage of Political Scandals" by the National Bureau of Economic Research to a study on attacks against media and human rights websites.

Tagged by subject (government, society, economics, environment), the resources include international topics such a report on earthquake forecasting tested in Japan and a 2011 report on foreign bride trafficking.

For journalism students and teachers, the site also offers resources about the nuts and bolts of journalism, from reporting and writing to ethics, as well as teaching materials.