It’s been a while since I’ve had the leisure to play with new open-source tools for data journalism. It’s been even longer since I’ve written a tutorial. Today I wanted to explore a fairly WYSIWYG web app Plotly. Although most of the features on face value appear to be not much more than what you… Continue reading
Yesterday, I presented a five-minute lightning talk at the Center for Collaborative Journalism on what I’m tentatively calling the “post-platform” journalist. From “print journalist”, to “data journalist”, to “multimedia journalist” and even to “social journalist,” it seems as though the qualifiers that often get placed before the word “journalist” abound in almost cliche numbers. Each of these… Continue reading
In the long-overdue 7 months since I last posted here, I’ve gone through one of the most difficult situations of my life – one which I’m not seeking your sympathy for, and also not embarrassed to admit the depression the loss brought on. I’ll leave all that stuff to Tumblr for you to read should you wish
This week, I put in my two weeks’ notice at Savannah’s Morning News Media and our parent company, Morris Publishing Group, to move back after the holiday to New York City to join an up-and-coming NYC-based startup.
In my year-and-a-half at the helm of the SMN’s digital content and product development strategies, including launching dosavannah.com, I learned invaluable management skills, conflict resolution and the courage to push fearlessly for innovation, even when tradition and red tape got in the way.
After launching the expanded standalone print edition of Do, our weekly arts-and-entertainment section for Savannah Morning News, back in March, we had a feeling the new physical product would soon outgrow its current digital home at savannahnow.com/do. We just didn’t know how soon that day would come. So, after only three hectic months of strategy meetings,… Continue reading
Newspapers are the new startups . . . we’re starting to see a lot of great changes as technologies improve and cultures change.” -John Levitt, Director of Sales and Marketing, Parse.ly Levitt’s is one of the most insightful takes on the publishing industry I’ve heard in a while. It’s going to take a lot of restructuring… Continue reading
This video tutorial walks you through the steps of building an interactive timeline using a Google Spreadsheet and a simple remote-hosted library at timeline.verite.co
Innovative, quality journalism takes money to produce. In the past, one of the largest revenue streams for news organizations has traditionally come from the classified ad market – a revenue stream that has all but dried up in today’s era of Craigslist and eBay. As an online editor, developer, manager and digital strategist for Savannah Morning News and savannahnow.com, a… Continue reading
I’ve been tinkering around with some new mapping tools lately, and figured I’d put them to good use by displaying the 2011-2012 population estimates released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau. The inherently geographical nature of the census makes it a data set just begging to be mapped. Rather than the de facto Google… Continue reading
In this tutorial, we’ll create an interactive, chloropleth map of census data, complete with hover tooltips and an HTML legend. We’ll use QGis and Google spreadsheets to prepare the data, Tilemill to style the map tiles and MapBox for hassle-free hosting. You’ll need to be running Mac OS X to follow along.Continue reading
Although geared primarily toward the production of static graphics for print publications, Dona M. Wong’s The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics (2010) provides a wealth of salient and time-honored tips and guidelines that any student of data visualization would be well-advised to follow.
In keeping with my recent spate of mapping nerdiness, I decided to take an interactive map I produced last month displaying statewide annual population changes a step further by adding mouseover/hover capabilities.
With all this talk lately of the new era of responsive design, I realized today that I’ve yet to create anything that’s actually responsive. Given that I’ve only pondered using it in the implementation of complex, database-driven news sites, the task of tweaking every level of CSS to fit perfectly into a responsive grid system… Continue reading
Bowker is spot on. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to make order out of chaos from “raw data,” i.e. unintelligible, inaccurate spreadsheets.
I’ve been interested lately in finding examples of online-only, collaborative, non-profit newsrooms who’ve utilized the power of data visualization techniques to give added value to stories that otherwise wouldn’t necessarily be unique, and in doing so beat out legacy news organizations who published a text narrative alone. Take, for example, this data-rich story and interactive map displaying statewide testing results… Continue reading
Others may hate, but I’m a big fan of using bubbles to display data. When implemented correctly (i.e. scaled in terms of area instead of diameter), bubbles can be an aesthetically appealing and concise way to represent the value of data points in an inherently visual format. Bubbles are even more useful when they include… Continue reading
A quick refresher from my data visualization professor here at Columbia a couple of weeks ago reminded me why I was forced to spend all those grueling hours calculating standard deviation back in high school. See, when you’re using a data set to tell a story, the first step is to understand what that data… Continue reading
With the Pulitzer Price announcements coming up later this afternoon, you’d think I’d be writing about whose up for the “Best Deadline Reporting” or “Best Public Service Journalism” prizes. But instead I want to talk about a different media award doled out during the past week: BostonGlobe.com’s designation as the “world’s best designed website” by… Continue reading
A close look at the numbers shows that, assuming the company’s ad rates and inventory held steady, BusinessInsider.com nearly doubled its annual revenue in 2011 to about $8.5 million.Continue reading
Take a look at this fascinating visualization of U.S. senate agreement groups made by Ph.D. student Adrian Friggeri. Using a complex agreement algorithim based upon data from GovTrack.us, the visualization displays how much all 100 senators of each U.S. Congress during the last 15 years have crossed the aisle –– or stuck to party lines ––… Continue reading
Good aesthetics are more than just fluff when it comes to design. They are a core part of a product’s functionality. Such is the argument Donald A. Norman makes in his insightful 2005 book Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things. For Norman, attractive things work better by boosting the mood of the… Continue reading