Influence ExplorerSAIL SAILBecome Data Literate in 3 Simple StepsBecome Data Literate in 3 Simple Steps Just as literacy refers to “the ability to read for knowledge, write coherently and think critically about printed material” data-literacy is the ability to consume for knowledge, produce coherently and think critically about data. Data literacy includes statistical literacy but also understanding how to work with large data sets, how they were produced, how to connect various data sets and how to interpret them. Poynter’s News University offers classes of Math for journalists, in which reporters get help with concepts such as percentage changes and averages. That journalists need help in math topics normally covered before high school shows how far newsrooms are from being data literate. A reporter certainly does not need a degree in statistics to become more efficient when dealing with data. Even if you lack any knowledge of math or stats, you can easily become a seasoned data-journalist by asking 3 very simple questions. 1. 2. Take 1,000 Germans.