Knight Center
Knight Center


Math for Journalists

Course Dates: 
Monday, September 12, 2011 - Sunday, October 16, 2011
Application Period: 
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 09:00 - Friday, September 2, 2011 - 17:00
Application Deadline Time Zone: 
Course Language: 
Sandra Crucianelli
Course Objectives: 

• Introduction to Mathematics for Journalists: Basic Operations
• Data Collection and Measures of Central Tendency
• Measures of Proportion and Comparison of Numerical Variables
• Web Resources for Numerical Data Interpolation
• Digital Visualization of Numerical Data

Course Requirements: 

• Basic knowledge of: Excel, Office, WinZip, Adobe Acrobat and Internet browsers (Firefox, Explorer, Safari, etc.)
• Access to a computer with Internet and a broadband connection
• Daily use of Internet and digital tools for work tasks
• Ability to read English at medium level
• Able to use voice chat in Second Life with other students during planned trainings
• Must have 10-15 hours a week to dedicate to course work
• Must have or able to create a Gmail and Yahoo email account

Course description: 

A goal of this five-week course is to train journalists in how to use mathematics in helpful ways that will enhance their stories. The course will incorporate digital resources for the management of numerical tools, tools for the visualization of tables and how to develop spreadsheets in Google documents.

Instructor Information: 

Sandra Crucianelli specializes in investigative journalism and precision journalism and their associated tools, such as using mathematics in reporting, and tracking documents online. She hosts a news program for Canal 7 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. In 1997 she founded an investigative reporting unit dedicated to government accountability, public services, consumer protection, and environmental and financial crimes.

Crucianelli is also the founder and editor-in-chief of www.SoloLocal.Info, a digital journalism site based in Bahía Blanca. She teaches for several international organizations, including the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, the International Media Center at Florida International University, and the Organization of American States’ Trust for the Americas program. Crucianelli's awards for investigative reporting include honors from the Inter American Press Association, the Reuters Foundation, and the Biennial Prize from the Argentine Medical Association.


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