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Checklist: Reporting on statistical surveys

Press releases based on statistics and surveys are becoming more common. But how can it be ensured that the statistics are accurate and don’t just favour the person or persons who ordered them?

Keep track of Twitter

Would you like to know who has liked and shared posts that you and others have published on Twitter? If so, data analyst Luca Hammer has developed a user-friendly tool you can use.

Viral Checker’s Handbook

Linnéa Jonjons and Åsa Larsson co-founded Metro’s Viralgranskaren viral checker and together have published the book “Viralgranskarens handbok”. (“The Viral Checker’s Handbook”), a handbook on how to avoid being tricked online with a lot of tips to help journalists.

Line-by-line: Fact-checking yourself before publishing

SVT’s assignment review system for fact checking, “line by line”, is used by investigative journalists both in Sweden and abroad. The method should ensure the quality of the publication and minimise the risk of errors, and it can be used even for smaller reviews.

Karin Nelsson: Why it is important to understand statistics

Karin Nelsson is an expert in statistics and survey research. Here she gives her best advice to journalists who report on surveys and explains why it is important for journalists to understand statistics.

Basic principles of source criticism

A fact-checker should choose his/her sources carefully and consider the principle of source criticism that uses two independent sources for assistance. Below are suggestions for sources containing material that should be well verified.

Search tip: Do more than use just Google

Has the time come to do something more than just use Google to search for information? Undoubtedly, Google is a large and effective search engine, but it is controlled by algorithms and lists your search hits based on your past searches, popular pages, and pages you have previously visited. You should therefore make a habit of using other search engines when you search for facts.

Reading tip: “Factfulness”

Stop looking for scapegoats, learn to think two thoughts at the same time, and don’t expect the news to help you understand the world. These are only a few of the things that Professor Hans Rosling highlights in the book Factfulness.