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powerpoint presentation that reminds journalists what to check when they get data and shows how to look for dirty data using database managers or SPSS. also mentions extensive data documentation [and clean-up of dirty data] that IRE and NICAR include with the databases available from the Database library.
Tamman details what a savvy journalist needs to do to become intimately acquainted with the data they are using for a story. He offers ways journalists should look at data beyond the obvious. Also included are tips about packaging, writing and being fair with data.
This tipsheet offers "a few tips for measuring school tests results and report cards." Roberts finds that it is important to get the data early, question authority, look for outliers in the data and get years of old records. The handout includes useful websites for reporters on the education beat.