It’s no secret that data visualization has found a home in journalism. With the explosion of online news coverage over the past decade, journalists and computer scientists have formed an unlikely alliance to tell stories with data and visually enhance web-produced content.
The graphics and interactive visualizations that have emerged from this relationship have changed both audiences and newsrooms in mainstream journalism outfits around the world. Now, a reader can explore data sets and compose stories along with guidance from their favorite muckrakers, giving unprecedented transparency to the news-gathering process.
For newsrooms, programmers and designers now hold a place of privilege as journalists vie for their overbooked time in the hope that they can get an interactive component for their latest story package. A good visualization component not only earns a story more reads, likes and shares than a conventional text piece, it typically has a longer trail of activity as... keep reading