Census Data 101

The US Census Bureau provides an amazing amount of data on almost anything you can think of…housing, jobs, wages, and so much more.

Wanna turn that information into great stories, but not sure where to start? Then check out these helpful tips from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

Bookmark that page, because there’s a lot of helpful advice there. Seventeen of the best number-crunchers in our biz, from the New York Times and other respected places, reveal their census-tapping secrets and explain how you can use demographic data in your stories. (Their presentations are also available on iTunes).

Do you like to use census data in your stories? How do you do it? If you have any advice or tips to share, let us know in the comments below.

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Emily Sweeney is a staff reporter at The Boston Globe and author of the forthcoming book Boston Organized Crime. You can follow her on Twitter (@emilysweeney) and find her on Facebook and LinkedIn, among other places.
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