Moonshining: Indexes pack high-proof explanatory power
Distilling a mess of data gives it extra kick and smooths its way across the user's palate. Learn how to calculate a dozen indexes useful in local journalism. Also: When to adapt an index or even consider crafting your own.
Paul Overberg is a data reporter at the Wall Street Journal and a member of its investigative team. He focuses on economic and demographic stories but helps reporters working on many subjects. He previously worked at USA TODAY, where he worked on projects that won the Philip Meyer Award for Precision Journalism and the National Headliner Award.
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