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Activity Number: 445 - Communicating to the Masses: Sharing Statistics and Data Science in a World of Sound Bites, Social Media, and Popular Press
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics and Data Science Education
Abstract #300381 Presentation
Title: Writing for Newspapers, Magazines, Comics and More: Making a Real Impact on the Broadest Audience
Author(s): Regina Nuzzo*
Companies: American Statistical Association
Keywords: communication; writing; journalism; media; newspapers; comics

Communicating our work in plain English for outsiders can be a fun challenge -- and also a powerful tool for change. Too often these skills in writing for a general audience are neither taught nor rewarded in school or careers, however. In this talk I will show through examples of my articles and that of other statisticians the broad range of types of writing that can make an impact on the world, from BBC to Slate to comic books. I will also discuss ideas for incorporating lay-language writing into the curriculum, workplace, and professional organizations such as the ASA.

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