Public understanding is shaped and can be distorted by how journalists, commentators and bloggers use data and numbers.
Journalists are responsible for the numbers they report; they should strive to present data and statistics accurately and intelligibly.
The RSS gives awards for excellence in journalism and with getstats is extending recognition to media staff who use data presentation and visualization techniques to best effect. We are working with the National Council for the Training of Journalists and university schools of media and journalism to establish a benchmark of competence in reporting numbers. The regulation of newspaper journalism is under debate, and getstats is working with editors and broadcasters to establish good practice and advise on how to avoid misusing statistics.