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NPR, oh Data Where art Thou ?

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An open letter to NPR.org

Regarding your blog post titled "How Far Your Paycheck Goes, In 356 U.S. Cities", by by QUOCTRUNG BUI, May 20, I would ask: from where you have obtained the median income figures at a Metropolitan Area level of detail?

How Far Your Paycheck Goes, In 356 U.S. Cities

And why is the source of those figures not referenced from the article?

The link from your article to the bea.gov release finds data at the State level only. Hence, the analysis from your article related to 356 U.S. Cities is not verifiable.

BEA: News Release: Real Personal Income for States and Metropolitan Areas, 2008-2012

Citations, references, and clear path to the original source of data & means of reaching a conclusion are the hallmarks of quality data journalism.

Please confirm.

Thank you!

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References

  1. "How Far Your Paycheck Goes, In 356 U.S. Cities", QUOCTRUNG BUI, Planet Money Blog, NPR.org, May 20, 2014: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/05/20/313131559/how-far-your-paycheck-goes-in-356-u-s-cities
  2. "Real Personal Income for States and Metropolitan Areas, 2008-2012", News Release, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, April 24, 2014: http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/regional/rpp/rpp_newsrelease.htm