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High Wycombe Skeptics

Statistics in the Media – Kevin McConway

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
8:00 PM

Bootleggers Public House
Amersham Hill, High Wycombe

From Meetup description:

We will have a reserved area of the pub, so look out for our signs!

Part of a series of talks from Wycombe Skeptics, all are welcome to join us and grapple with this months topic.

Statistics in the Media – Kevin McConway

When it comes to statistics, scientists, sceptics and statisticians often think of the media and journalists as a hotbed of confusion, distortion and, well, damned lies. These beliefs are not baseless – there is some appalling nonsense out there – but there is good statistical journalism too. The talk, which draws on experience as a statistician of working with print and broadcast journalists, will discuss and give examples of what can go wrong, what can go right, and why the newspapers are full of numbers anyway. Good journalists are better communicators than are most scientists or statisticians; if we want to get our ideas and research findings into the public consciousness, we need to learn from journalism and we need to learn how to work with journalists and the ‘old’ media. Can that be done without compromising principles? I think so, and I will give some pointers on how to do it.

The talk is totally free, and we will just ask for a small donation if you wish to help cover our speakers travel expenses.


See our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/groups/187803204563655/ and Twitter account https://twitter.com/WycombeSITP to get a fuller idea of what we are about!

Most of us have a fondness for good quality beer, so our current home is Wycombe’s only specialty ale house & bottle bar, It is also a Bring Your Own Food Pub, and they have free WiFi.

The Bootlegger pub

3 Amersham Hill,

High Wycombe,



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