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Media Report

Students critically analyse and evaluate the ways in which data has been handled and represented in media reports.

Teacher notes

  • students assist a magazine editor by analysing the conclusions presented in a magazine before the article is published. Students check that the graph to be included has the features that good graphs should have. They look for any problems that may affect the accuracy of conclusions drawn from the graph and adjust the graph if necessary. They then evaluate whether the claims and conclusions drawn from the graph by the reporter are consistent with the data.
  • Students apply their knowledge about sound graphing practices involving statistical data using a range of relevant and authentic data sets. They are challenged to develop and apply critical statistical numeracy skills.

Learning objects

media report picture.

Media report: junk food
There are problems with the way that the data has been grouped on the graph in an article about junk food.

media report picture.

Media report: music
There are problems with the way the vertical axis of the graph has been labelled in a magazine article about how people access music.

media report picture.

Media report: cost of petrol
There are some problems with the way the data has been represented in the graph in a magazine article about the real cost of petrol.

media report picture.

Media report 1
This is an aggregated learning unit combining Media report: junk food, music and cost of petrol.

media report picture.

Media report: future plans
There are some problems with the way the data has been grouped in a magazine article about the future plans of year 12 students.

media report picture.

Media report: starting salaries
There are some problems with the way the vertical axis of the graph has been labelled in a magazine article about the starting salaries for different occupations.

media report picture.

Media report: water usage
There are some problems with the way the data has been represented in the graph in a magazine article about water usage.

media report picture.

Media report 2
This is an aggregated learning unit combining Media report: future plans, starting salaries and water usage in a sequence.