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Maggie L

Maggie L
One of the rare times I'm in the office

Monday, February 9, 2009

Do the Math

As journalists, most of us hate math. I know I do. But it behooves you to grab a calculator or some scratch paper once in a while. Case in point-- percentages.

So for example, if I asked, "How many of you like to do math?"
And the answers looked like this...

68% Hate math
4% Love math
25% Undecided

...you, immediately, would realize something is amiss. These don't add up to 100%
Sadly, when we're busy, we may be tempted to take percentages right of a press release or wire copy and guess what-- other people can't add either! So it always makes sense to double check the math. If the percentages don't add up, find out why.

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