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#Tip: Visit VisualisingData.com for lists of tools to use

September 9th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists

By Jorge Fran Ganillo on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

By Jorge Fran Ganillo on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

A website called VisualisingData.com, run by Andy Kirk, recently published a group of posts, each one outlining numerous resources for those working in all stages of a data journalism project, and looking for the right tools for the job.

The “essential collection” is organised based on the task at hand, from scraping to visualising data, with additional links to useful data sources and books to help guide you through the process.

Hat tip: Scott Klein (@kleinmatic)

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#Tip: Guide for journalists on using Chartbuilder

August 21st, 2013 | No Comments | Posted 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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#Tip of the day for journalists: Infographic and visualisation tools

February 12th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists
Infographics Piktochart

An example from a Piktochart infographic template

Here is a list of 10 tools you can use to make infographics, compiled by SEOmoz. The list includes platforms such as Easel.ly, Infogr.am and Piktochart – which last month launched a new tool with added interactivity features.

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#GEN2012: Interactive graphics case studies from the Guardian

May 30th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Multimedia, Online Journalism

The Guardian’s Alastair Dant took the the stage at the News World Summit in Paris today to share the news outlet’s approach to using interactivity to present data and stories to their audience.

Dant, who leads the interactive team at the Guardian, said types of interactives include those which plot “paths through space and time”, and those which work to relay “the roar of the crowd”.

Here are some of the interactives he showcased to delegates:

  • Afghanistan war logs

The Guardian produced two major interactives around the war logs. Dant spoke about one which shows all IED attacks on civilians, coalition and Afghan troops from 2004 to 2009 recorded in the war logs. The interactive allows users to “drag the date along the bar, to see where and who they hit over these five years”.

The team also produced a graphic showing a selection of 300 “significant incidents” from the logs, linking through to each full log entry.

  • World Cup 2010 Twitter replay

Dant said the team had a “very fuzzy brief” from the editorial team who wanted to “capture the excitement” around the games. As a result the team produced a “Twitter replay” which consisted of recording all conversations on Twittier and analysing them “to find out how word popularity changes over time”.

As a result the interative offers 90 minutes of football in 90 seconds, based on Twitter reactions.

  • Rupert Murdoch: How Twitter tracked the MPs’ questions – and the pie

And the team re-employed this technique of “relaying the roar of the crowd” when Rupert and James Murdoch appeared before the culture select committee last year

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Discussing visual journalism at #GEN2012 – ‘Everybody has to think visually’

Visual journalism “is not about being pretty”, it is about explaining a story more effectively – this was the advice of visual editor at LaInformacion.com Chiqui Esteban, speaking at the News World Summit in Paris today.

In his presentation to the conference Esteban explained why he felt entire newsrooms need to think visually whether staff are writers, developers or designers, with the overall focus on telling the story in the most effective way.

He outlined how visual journalism can be used to explain, show trends, give geographical information, personal information and help media outlets “be different”.

Here are two of the examples he ran through showing this sort of visual journalism in action:

How Presidents’ Pay Compares with [Professors' salaries]

Rock-Paper-Scissors: You vs. the Computer

The key is “being different”, he said, citing this as the reason for LaInformacion’s survival.

Everybody has to think visually. We have to propose things in morning meetings but the rest of newsroom has to tell [us what they would like also] … Sometimes the best visual ideas come from people who don’t work on visuals.

He also shared some interesting thoughts on newsroom integration when it comes to working on visual storytelling.

In LaInformacion all the newsroom is 30 people, we are obligated to collaborate if we want to have something.

But he said “everybody wants to do graphics” and writers have seen “that it works”.

They’ve learnt something that they don’t have to write a story, they just have to think and between all of us we will decide how is the best way to show it – if it’s text with video, interactive multimedia or a graphic.

We have been journalists with them, we care about information and not with things looking pretty, they trust us, We earn their trust and we trust them with their stories and everyone respects each other.

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – create infographics with Easel.ly

10,000 Words recently blogged about using infographics platform Easel.ly, which is currently in beta, to create visual stories via “drag-n-drop templates”, based around customisable themes.

According to 10,000 Words:

For newsrooms, this site poses huge opportunity in terms of shareability of information across social media

Read the 10,000 Words post here.

Here is a video from Easel.ly demonstrating how it works:

Tipster: Rachel McAthy

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – using Visual.ly to create free infographics

On the International Journalists’ Network website Margaret Looney outlines how journalists can use Visual.ly to produce free infographics.

Announced at SXSW, Visual.ly presents its new tool that makes data visualization easy – Visual.ly Create, enabling users to create free infographics in a snap.

As Looney explains the resulting infographic could be embedded on a website or saved, “or you can use the site as a portfolio for all of your graphics by directing visitors to your profile”.

See the full post here.

Journalism.co.uk wrote about the tool last year, see the post at this link.

Tipster: Rachel McAthy

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Visual.ly – a new tool to create data visualisations

Visual.ly is a new platform to allow you to explore and share data visualisations.

According to the video below, it is two things: a platform to upload and promote your own visualisations and a space to connect “dataviz pros”, advertisers and publishers.

Visual.ly has teamed up with media partners, including GigaOM, Mashable and the Atlantic, who each have a profile showcasing their data visualisations.

You will soon be able to create your own “beautiful visualisations in minutes” and will “instantly apply the graphics genius of the world’s top information designers to your designs”, the site promises.

Plug and play, then grab and go with our push-button approach to visualisation creation.

The sample images are impressive, but journalists will have to wait until they can upload their own data.

You can, however, “Twitterize yourself” and create an image based on your Twitter metrics.

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – tutorial for making Google charts

June 8th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists

This Poynter ‘how to’ talks you through how to make searchable web-based Google charts for data visualisations. There’s also an embedded video visualising the steps. Tipster: Rachel McAthy.

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – data visualisation resources

April 5th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Data, Top tips for journalists

Journalists new to the visualisations game might find this post by Mindy Mcadams on her Teaching Online Journalism site to be a useful collection of resources for blog discussions on the topic, great examples of infographics and a handful of tools to experiment with. There are also plenty more resources to be found in this post on the news:rewired site which looks at ways to develop the data story. Tipster: Rachel McAthy.

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