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Stats + Stories: Making the Census Count

Mark Hansen, Director of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at the Columbia Journalism School and Mike Annany an associate professor in the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California
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 WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

The Census is something most people don’t think about until they get a Census form in the mail or meet a Census worker in person – but taking a census of those living in the United States is one of the most important things the government does. Census data influences the creation of voting districts, determines how many members of the House of Representatives a state sends to Congress, and can impact the types and how much funding communities receive for various projects. Helping journalists communicate to their audiences the importance of the Census to American life is the goal of a new project and that is the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories. Rosemary Pennington and regular panelists John Bailer, chair of Miami’s Statistics Department and Richard Campbell former and founding chair of Media, Journalism & Film are joined by guests today are Mark Hansen, Director of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at the Columbia Journalism School and Mike Annany an associate professor in the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. The two are working together on the new project News Counts which aims to help create quote a robust national conversation about the serious and imminent challenges facing the 2020 Census. 

Stats and Stories is a partnership between Miami University's Departments of Statistics and Media, Journalism and Film and the American Statistical Association. You can follow us on Twitter or iTunes. If you'd like to share your thoughts on our program, send your e-mail to statsandstories@miamioh.edu and be sure to listen for future editions of Stats and Stories where we discuss the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics.    

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