Infographics – Week 1/2


Monday 28th January 2018
Digital Journalism 2 – 2pm

• Data journalism – Facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis.
• Records or measurements of something. These are often numbers – but not always.
• Gathered and analyzed in a rigorous, rule – governed way, using consistent units of each dataset.
• Concerned with things that can be verified – FACTS.
• Normally refers to or represents something other than itself.
Why do Journalists use data?
• It’s a great source of stories.
• Provide context and background.
• Explain developments (eg. The next financial crisis)
• Create personalized calculators (eg. How tax changes may affect you)
• Improve reports.
• Dispel myths.
Issues affected by many misconceptions
(Remember, it’s always about people.)
Investigative data journalism (IDJ)
• Plenty of time.
• Advanced data skills.
• Find hidden meanings.

General data journalism (GDJ)
• Hours or days available.
• Modest data skills.

Real – Time data journalism
• Based on algorithms that automatically create news from data sources.

Monday 4th February 2019
Data Journalism 2 – 11 till 1pm
Visualizing Data
Ways of visualizing data

• Static infographics (print & web)
• Standalone charts/charts as stories
• Interactive charts
• Interactive data visualization
• Scrolling stories ‘Scrollitelling’
• Interactive tools and dashboards
• Animation
(Adds a specific element according to the way we want to show the data that is gathered)
Data Visualization: Find The Story
Text as Data

• State of the Union (SOTU) speeches
For data to have any meaning it must be consistent – for a comparison. Textual analysis can provide you with lots of clues about things.
How specific keywords and concepts relate, is it an issue or do they thing people want to hear about these issues? Why did we talk about it here?
Defense Department used to be called War Department. Countries used to be female but are now are referred to as ‘it.’
(Find your data and a way of representing it – then you have to find your story that relates to the data but does not necessarily come directly from it.)

Workshop – 3pm to 4pm
Infographic is visual
Week 9 & 10 – working on our projects (piece of journalism for which the infographic supports)

Coursework 1 – 80% // Coursework 2 – 20%

About the Author

An aspiring journalist.