Significance Magazine

Statistics and journalism go hand-in-hand. Whether reporting on current trends, relaying political statements, or dissecting scientific findings, statistics are often used – either to provide a solid backbone for arguments, or to tear down the flimsy structure of others. The pen is indeed mightier than the sword; even more so when filled with numerical ink. Yet it would seem that the level of statistical training provided to journalists in the UK does not match the prolific use of statistics in the news.