A Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists

July 31st, 2001 • Quill Archives
Making sense of the census

What a difference a decade makes. When the 1990 Census results were released, most United States news outlets greeted the flood of numbers with indifference or befuddlement. Back then, working with raw census data required arcane computer and statistical skills possessed by few reporters, and most had to wait for academic or government demographers to do the work.