Wednesday, July 11, 2007

A1: "Supervisors OK $248.9 million budget"

I can't really blame Paula Rhoden for trying to squeeze this information into the form her editor wants, it should have been designed better. We wind up trying to read a spreadsheet without the gridlines, with bits about the actual effects that matter to voters sprinkled among the wreckage. Ack.


Granny J said...

My experience with fellow journalists is that many have problems with numbers. Thus they can't put together a good table or spreadsheet to convey twice the info as a textual "analysis" tries to do. That's why they are such suckers for big percentages based on small occurances.

Steven Ayres said...

Good point, J!