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Precision journalism

This (PDF link) is an interesting slide show from a talk about data-driven journalism that Peter Aldhous gave at an R users’ meeting last week. There are some good examples of data visualization there (I especially liked the Obama-Clinton decision tree), but the most interesting thing for me was to learn about Philip Meyer, who “pioneered use of quantitative methods in journalism with Knight Newspapers in 1960s”, according to the presentation. In 1973, Meyer published a book called Precision Journalism (Amazon link), which I think is a really neat title.


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3 thoughts on “Precision journalism

  1. And the book is still in print! You can order it now from

  2. Mikael Huss on said:

    Great! Thanks for the comment! I added an Amazon link.

  3. How I got there is now documented in my self-published memoir, “Paper Route: Finding My Way to Precision Journalism.”

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