Data Literacy in the Media (or lack thereof)
I was an investigative reporter at The New York Times for 10 years (2007-2016) and, being a lifelong, proud, card-carrying math geek, gained a reputation for being one of the few reporters who could easily detect data BS among politicians, scientists, and other media outlets, and did so in fields ranging from the National Football League (concussions) to child psychiatry (epidemiology, drug prescriptions). As a member of DLP's advisory board I'm hoping to spearhead efforts to bring better data literacy to the media through web materials, seminars and what-not. As consumers of news media, what do you think are the most pressing issues? Understanding risk? Percentages? Probabilities? Any examples that made you want to punch a hole in the TV?