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News as User Experience

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News as User Experience...
or Journalism and Data: the New BFFs


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  • 1. News As User Experience ...Or Journalism and Data: The New BFFs Cindy Royal, Ph.D Associate Professor Texas State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication [email_address] www.cindyroyal.com www.onthatnote.com tech.cindyroyal.net twitter.com/cindyroyal facebook.com/cindyroyal linkedin.com/in/cindyroyal
  • 2. News as User Experience
    • Social networks and media having an effect on traditional media
    • Web 2.0 sites share the characteristic of user-generated content
    • Increased expectation on part of user as to participation
    • News examples: comments, ratings, blogs, user-generated photos and videos; news sites on Facebook, using Twitter
    • News sites run the risk of seeming outdated or irrelevant if you don't give users something to do
    • Rise of participatory culture – Henry Jenkins in Convergence Culture
  • 3. News as User Experience
    • Portable: 33% of cell phone owners now access news on their cell phones.
    • Personalized: 28% of internet users have customized their home page to include news from sources and on topics that particularly interest them.
    • Participatory: 37% of internet users have contributed to the creation of news, commented about it, or disseminated it via postings on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter.
    • Digital Natives - more than half of American teenagers have created a blog, posted an artistic or written creation online, helped build a website, created an online profile, or uploaded photos and videos to a website.
    • Pew – Participatory News Consumer & Digital Natives
  • 4. News as User Experience
    • Changing idea of “news”
    • Breaking news
    • Mobile – expectation of receiving news anywhere, on demand
    • Relationship with community, sources
    • Role of “user experience”
    • Rise of tools available to work with and present data
  • 5. Examples
    • New York Times – Rent or Buy
    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/business/buy-rent-calculator.html
  • 6. Examples
    • New York Times – Mapping the Nation's Well-Being
    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/06/weekinreview/20110306-happiness.html
  • 7. Examples
    • New York Times – Budget Forecast Compared with Reality
    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/02/02/us/politics/20100201-budget-porcupine-graphic.html
  • 8. Examples
    • Guardian – Obama at 50
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2011/aug/04/barack-obama-50-birthday-interactive
  • 9. Examples
    • NYT – Census: Mapping America
    http://projects.nytimes.com/census/2010/explorer
  • 10. Examples
    • NYT Inaugural Words
    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/01/17/washington/20090117_ADDRESSES.html
  • 11. Examples
    • NYT Fractions of a Second: An Olympic Musical
    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/02/26/sports/olympics/20100226-olysymphony.html
  • 12. Examples
    • CNN Money: Best Companies to Work For
    http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/bestcompanies/2011/word_cloud/index.html
  • 13. Examples
    • ProPublica - The Opportunity Gap
    http://projects.propublica.org/schools/
  • 14. Examples
    • Stanford – The Growth of Newspapers Across the US
    http://www.stanford.edu/group/ruralwest/cgi-bin/drupal/visualizations/us_newspapers
  • 15. Examples
    • Texas Tribune
    http://www.texastribune.org/library/data/
  • 16. Examples
    • Stamen Design – MTV Movie Awards Twitter Visualization
    http://stamen.com/clients/mtv
  • 17. Examples
    • Location collaborations
    http://www.statesman.com/business/statesman-teams-up-with-gowalla-for-austin-virtual-724228.html
  • 18. Examples
    • Storify
    http://storify.com/
  • 19. Tools
    • Chartle/Wordle
    • Google Charts and Visualizations
    • Google Fusion Tables
    • Google Maps
    • Visual.ly
    • Ruby on Rails or Django
  • 20. Resources
    • When the Data Struts Its Stuff – NYT - http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/03/business/03stream.html?_r=1
    • Teaching with Infographics – NYT - http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/23/teaching-with-infographics-places-to-start/
    • Renegades at The New York Times – New York Magazine - http://nymag.com/news/features/all-new/53344/
    • Data Journalism at the Guardian: What It Is and How Do We Do It? - http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/jul/28/data-journalism
    • The Programmer Majored in English – Nieman Journalism Lab - http://www.niemanlab.org/2010/05/the-programmer-majored-in-english-a-fascinating-study-of-the-nyts-interactive-news-unit/
    • Poynter – Data-driven Journalism articles http://www.poynter.org/tag/data-driven-journalism/
    • Stanford – Journalism in the Age of Data - http://datajournalism.stanford.edu/
    • Hacks/Hackers – hackshackers.com
    • 11 Journalism Jobs You May Hold in the Future - http://sustainablejournalism.org/future-of-journalism/journalism-jobs-may-hold-future
    • Course sites:
      • Advanced Online Media - cindyroyal.com/advanced
      • Issues in New Media - cindyroyal.com/newmedia
      • Social Media at Work - cindyroyal.com/social
      • Web Design and Publishing - cindyroyal.com/webdesign
  • 21. Other Reading
    • Clay Shirky – Here Comes Everybody & Cognitive Surplus
    • Dan Gillmor – We the Media & Mediactive
    • Jeff Jarvis – What Would Google Do?
    • Max McCombs - The Future of News
    • Douglas Rushkoff - Program or Be Programmed: 10 Commandments for a Digital Age
    • Henry Jenkins - Convergence Culture
    • Ian Bogost – Newsgames: Journalism at Play
    • James Surowiecki – The Wisdom of Crowds