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PhD researcher Brendan Lawson publishes book chapter on poverty statistics in the news

November 8th, 2017

Written by PhD researcher Brendan Lawson and Dr Jairo Lugo-Ocando, ‘Poor numbers, poor news: the ideology of poverty statistics in the media’ is part of a collection of essays edited by Dr An Nguyen at Bournemouth University.

Their central thesis is that while the dissemination of poverty statistics by government officials, multilateral organisations, NGOs and other actors continues to be highly mediatised and journalists are able to tap upon almost unlimited resources to do so, their ability to critically analyse numbers and counter hegemonic discourses continues to be diminished by decreasing resources in the newsroom and the lack of statistical preparation among journalists.

Published by Bloomsbury in December 2017, News, Numbers and Public Opinion in a Data-Driven World is a must-read for not only journalists, journalism and media scholars, statisticians and data scientists but also anybody interested in the interplay between journalism, statistics and society.

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