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#Tip: Guide for journalists on using Chartbuilder

August 21st, 2013Posted by in Top tips for journalists
By Jorge Fran Ganillo on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

By Jorge Fran Ganillo on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Journalists are often looking for quick but effective ways of sharing information and often statistical data with audiences in visually appealing formats. One way to do this is with charts, and Poynter helpfully has a detailed, step-by-step guide on how to do that with Chartbuilder, which was created by Quartz and then made open-source. There is also a hosted version, said to be for those “not interested in customising the styles of your charts”.

Author of the Poynter guide Matt Waite sums up Chartbuilder as:

… a free tool that makes it stupid easy to make a simple static chart of some basic data and get it into your publication. It really just involves copying, pasting, tweaking and exporting.

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