Math Tools: Measurements and the Metric

By Erin Valentine

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Chapter 9: Directional Measurements 

Time, rate and distance problems are essential in journalism. Don’t fear, they just involve basic math. It comes in handy when you have to double check officials and be confident in your findings.

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Chapter 10: Area Measurements

Knowing how to restate and translate measurements is a great addition to a story. One use is an analogy to give the reader something to compare the information to. When in doubt, just use simple numbers.

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Chapter 11: Volume Measurements

Goods are sold based on volumes. However, each market changes the terms and meanings. Thus, a reporter needs to be able to figure out what the correct selling price is.

Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 4.41.25 PMChapter 12: The Metric System

With almost the entire rest of the world using the metric system, it is inevitable that a journalist will have to make conversions between the American system and the metric system.

All information is from Wickham’s “Math Tools for Journalists”


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