The data dispute: a critical analysis of the misrepresentation and impartiality of data and statistics within emerging media forms

Milroy, Annie (2015) The data dispute: a critical analysis of the misrepresentation and impartiality of data and statistics within emerging media forms. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation investigates the use of numbers, data and statistics in the news by journalists. There will be an examination of whether this use of statistics is practised in the correct way, without any impartiality of the journalist. There will also be a look into the emerging and modern media forms of communication with the public. The purpose of this research is to decipher whether or not there is a rise in the sensationalism of numbers and statistics in the news and whether or not there is a reason behind this. There will be certain emphasis on the devices which popular media publications and journalists utilise to influence the public into believing something that might not be totally accurate or truthful.
    The purpose of this dissertation is to gauge whether or not there is a desire for journalists to report on impartial statistics and what these reasons might be. The purpose is also to examine the platforms journalists currently use to communicate to their audience, whether this is through the use of infographics or data journalism. To achieve these aims the current validity of data and statistics in the news and why some journalists attempt to distort the truth in one way or another will be considered. The presentation of this data through the use of infographics and whether they are used to deceive an audience or engage with them shall be examined. An investigation into certain stories in the news where statistics and numbers are implausible will be conducted and additional research into how they have come to be reported in the media by journalists will be highlighted. Through this process, the report has demonstrated that there are signs of prejudice and impartiality by journalists, with certain regard to statistics and numbers.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2015 15:09
    Last Modified: 07 Jul 2015 15:09
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17625

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