Reporting With the Tools of Social Science

Doig, Stephen K.
March 2008
Nieman Reports;Spring2008, Vol. 62 Issue 1, p47
The article reports on the use of tools of social science in investigative reporting. According to the book "Knight Ridder," by Philip Meyer, precision journalism is achieved when tools of social science are utilized as a substitute for educated guesswork. Social science tools include survey research, statistical analysis, experimentation and hypothesis testing. Precision journalism is honored by the Philip Meyer Awards. Investigative works given awards used social science tools to expose various topics such as flaw in ballots and cheating in public schools. INSET: Building a Toolbox for Precision Journalism.


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