A quantitative content analysis of errors and inaccuracies in Missouri newspaper information graphics
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This quantitative content analysis examined a total of 143 infographics in 201 issues of 42 daily newspapers. Of the 143 infographics examined, 57 errors were identified. The study concludes the overwhelming majority of infographics were published by just three of the 42 daily newspapers. Interestingly, the research shows errors are more likely to occur in simpler rather than more complex infographics. The data also suggest that, although maps are the most common type printed in newspapers, graphic artists lack some basic map-making skills. The most common type of error found was the omission of a north arrow or mile-marker in a map.