Posts Tagged ‘journalism’

UK’s Daily Mirror Blogs Infographics

December 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Ampp3d — launched in November — makes “journalism more accessible through data visualisations.”

The Ampp3d  blog  focuses on the Daily Mirror’s “charts, graphs, facts, figures and … infographics” by collecting and presenting in one place the data visualizations published in the Mirror. Ammp3d demonstrates that infographics do not need to be elaborate to add impact to a story and satisfy readers. It is one of many examples of journalists using graphics to appeal to younger audiences (and help with the ever-important subscriber figures).

Mirror-Tax graph

Here’s everything you need to know about Beyoncé, in numbers.


Does the Graph Match the Data?

December 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Fox News Reports on Unemployment

The November value of 8.6% should plot lower than any of the other data points. Curiously, it doesn’t, instead the graphic seeks to create an completely different impression.

A Bloomberg Perspective on Editorial Design

Eye Magazine interviews Richard Turley, hired by Bloomberg as creative director for the relaunched Bloomberg Businessweek. Eye Magazine likes what it sees:

“Bloomberg Businessweek’s pages explode with the energy of breaking news, editorial intelligence and design experiment, while achieving perfectly detailed typography… Turley’s art direction is a sign that mainstream magazine design is still alive.”

Turley provides many insights on how its done…

  • “Editorial and design work together very closely… editors and designers sitting side by side. …That places design in a central role in the editorial process.”
  • “Including me, we have six designers, three chart info-designers and a photo team of five. So by UK standards it’s huge. In fact by US standards it is pretty big.”
  • “Often I’ve found that infographics are an afterthought… that is a back-to-front way of working.”
  • “The graphics team at Bloomberg Businessweek are best described as graphic journalists. They are as much researchers as they are designers and they collaborate daily with our network of reporters.”
  • “The resulting charts, maps and visualisations are developed narratives that go through several revisions.”
  • We start small and scale our charts up according to their merit. If we find a lot of good data or a new interesting take on the story then we make the chart bigger.”
  • “We all try and figure the problems out together. This is probably best illustrated in the way we apply charts to pages: the lead designer of that page / article / section will check the InDesign documents in, after which they are picked up by one of the infographic team who adds the chart, and adjusts and changes the layout as necessary. They will add graphic elements, shift around page architecture, making their work integral to the end page design.”
  • I certainly didn’t help myself by choosing Helvetica.  …I just wanted something that didn’t surprise anyone and was just a typeface, rather than a branding exercise. I just chose the most obvious idea for a font.”

What’s involved in creating a data-centric story?

September 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Mac Slocum interviews Simon Rogers, editor of The Guardian’s Datablog about their process of working with data and developing stories out of it.

Knight Foundation Grants Focus on Data Journalism


Using graphics to bring out the hidden meaning in data

The Knight Foundation is investing $1.5 million (almost a third of its $4.7 million “News Challenge Grants” program) to find ways to assist journalists and the public to make sense of vast amounts of data.

  • The Associated Press will receive $475,000 to fund a 2-year project to develop visualization tools to help journalists explore data.
  • The Chicago Tribune and The Spokesman-Review will receive $150,000 to create simple, Web-based tools to help journalists analyze and organize data.
  • The University of Missouri’s Investigative Reporters and Editors will receive $320,000 to develop DocumentCloud Reader Annotations, exploring ways for the public to add notes to documents.
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will receive $275,000 to help rural news organizations adopt data-oriented approachs to public records.
  • UK-based ScraperWiki will receive $280,000 to develop a “data on demand” service for its existing website that will enable journalists to request data and stay apprised of  changes.