Digital Journalism Journal

4/2/20

This morning in class we continued to have a look at data and the ways that it is used in infographics. the subject of todays class was visualisation and the main points covered in the class were.

.Discussing how we use data to find stories and then visualise them.

.How we use text as data- looking at the state of union corpus.

In the afternoon in class with LJ we looked at the different ways to display data through graphs, for my assessment I will have to use a graph to further explain my narrative in a news story. we also had a go at making our own graphs, I made a pie chart that showed how much money I spend each month and what on.

11/2/19

Today in class we discussed the hw that was previously set, this was to take a look at the way infographics are used by journalists and how they use the raw data differently. we also began to discuss how we use Mode, median and averages to display data.

For our hw we’ve been asked to have a look at data and then make our own article on that data for next Monday.

Comparing The Infographics Of The State Of Union Speeches

When looking at the infographics of the state of union speeches, I looked at three different types of data. The first one I looked at was the language of the state of the union on the Atlantic. They used a histogram to illustrate how each president used different words in their speeches, this was an interactive histogram that when hovering over a word would show which presidents used it and how often.

 The next infographic I had a look at was on Washington Post  website, they made a list of each president and the words they used to most each year in their speeches, this very clearly shows the audience exactly what words that were used and by who but did not offer information on how often they used the words.

 The last place I looked at how journalists used the data to create infographics was on Vox, they chose to only display Obamas most popular words in his speeches as opposed to comparing it to other presidents they only made comparisons in his previous speeches against each other. 

Each journalist seems to have a different take on the information that the state of union speeches provide some of the Journalists had to clear biases which were obvious because of the way that they decided to display the data, for example in the last info graphic I looked at I noticed that in comparison to the other infographics VOX chose not to include the data from other presidents unlike the other examples.

Smart Benches Causing Havoc For Residents In Southwark

Southwark council piloted 20 solar powered ‘smart’ benches’ in Southwark in 2017 and plans to install more in the coming years, but residents claim they are nothing but bad news.

Consisting of a wooden bench with a strip like steel structure that wraps around it, 4 built in charging cables and free WiFi so that users can charge their phones while they sit, all while using renewable energy. the solar panel collects and stores energy throughout the day to provide electricity.

Sarah a local resident stated ‘I don’t feel safe walking past the benches at night there is always a group of homeless men there drinking’. As a local resident passing the benches is not a choice for Sarah so encounters like the one she described have the potential to happen daily.

Islington council is another borough that installed the smart benches, but were forced to get rid of four out of the five as a result of the benches being a target for anti-social behavior and fears of phone snatching.

After being contacted Southwark council failed to get back to us to make a statement about the smart benches. Southwark council has further plans to install more smart benches in the coming years, hoping that they will bring more people together but will they achieve the opposite?

 

Plans to scrap the RV1 bus

It is proposed that spring 2019 the RV1 bus will be withdrawn due to a decline in usage.

The RV1 bus goes from Waterloo to Covent Garden serving various landmarks and attractions like the Tower of London, Borough Market, the shard, and many theatres in London Covent Garden. The RV1 is one of the few hydrogen buses in central London.

Hamish McCallum, the councillor for north Bermondsey wrote a letter to TFL posting it to twitter stating that he felt the statistics for the bus were not fair as the RV1 had gone under major diversions from 2016-2018 and that since the statistics show an increase in usage with an estimated 15000 people using the bus on a weekly basis.

A comment under the post read ‘fewer buses is a good thing bus rides r so unhealthy and depressing’  source/@Kim_lorio.

 

The 9th of November was the last date for people to submit their thoughts to TFL and a final choice is expected to be made and announced in the coming weeks.