Archive | November, 2012

Math for business and politics

Kathleen Woodruff Wickham’s book continued with an analysis of many skills needed in business reporting. Understand stocks and bonds, business accounting and property taxes are necessary for covering the financial sector, but they can also help make sense of many other beats. If a reporter is covering lifestyle, it might help to know how much […]

Obama and Student Loans: Income-Based Repayment approved Nov. 1

Now that President Obama has bee re-elected, his proposed student aid reform is what college students across the country can expect for the next four years. Nick Gidwani of the Huffington Post offered an analysis of Obama’s additions to the  College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007. Under this bill, college graduates who choose an […]

New York Times columnist links fathers and politics

As a Pulitzer Award winning columnist born and raised in the Washington D.C. area, she has seen it all. Maureen Dowd has played golf with George Bush, negotiated with security at the Washington Monument and gave the first season of Mad Men to President Barack Obama as a gift. She knows the political panorama inside […]

Economy, Obamacare top issues during first 100 days

Elon University students and faculty agree–the president sworn into office come January will have a lot on his plate. Whether the hand on the bible belongs to President Barack Obama or Gov. Mitt Romney, the top priority in the first 100 days will be reviving the economy, while Romney is also expected to deal with […]

Expanding the math toolbox

Being able to calculate and communicate meaningful mathematics is a necessary skill for journalists. According to Kathleen Woodruff Wickham, journalism professor at the University of Mississippi, numerical illiteracy is unacceptable in the newsroom and society in general, so mastered math tools is key. But an understanding of math only goes so far—a journalist must be […]