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Sidebars and Infographics  Journalism 1 + 2 + New Media       Prof. Holly Johnson              ©2012
DEFINITIONS SIDEBAR = Any short feature that accompanies  a longer journalistic story. INFOGRAPHIC = Blends text and ima...
What is the purpose of sidebars andinfographics?1.  They carve up complicated material into bite-   sized pieces.2. They o...
Fast Fact Box Nuggets pulled from the story to give readers a quick grasp of the who, what, when, where or why.
Fast Facts
FastFacts
Bio Box Brief profiles of people, places, products or organizations itemized by key characteristics.
BioBoxes
Glossary A list of specialized words with definitions to help clarify complex topics.
Glossary
Checklist A list of questions or guidelines that itemize key points or help readers assess something.
Checklist
Checklist
Quiz A short list of questions that let readers interact  with a story by testing their understanding of the  topic.
Quiz
Q&A A way to ask and answer hypothetical questions or capture an interview’s dialog exactly as it was said.
Q&A
Q&A
Quote Collection A series of relevant comments on a topic by newsmakers, readers or random passers-by.
Quote Collection
Quote Collection
Fever Chart A way to measure changing quantities over time by blotting key statistics as points on a graph.
Fever Chart
Bar Chart A way to compare two or more items visually by representing them as columns parked side by side.
Bar Chart
Pie Chart A way to compare the parts that make up a whole – usually measuring money or population percentages.
Pie Chart
Pie Chart
Table A way to arrange data into columns or rows so readers can make side-by-side comparisons.
Table
Ratings A list of people or products (sports teams, movies etc.) that lets critics (in opinion pieces) make predictions o...
Ratings
Ratings
Timeline A chronological table or list of events highlighting key moments in history.
Timeline
Step-by-Step Guide A brief “how-to” that explains a complex process by walking readers through it one step at a time.
Step-by-Step Guide
Diagram A plan or drawing designed to show how something works or to explain key parts of an object or process.
Diagram
Map A quick way to give readers geographical information by showing the location of events relevant to a story.
Map
Map
Graphics Guidelines Keep it simple Keep it accurate Label it clearly Dress it up.
Keep it SimpleHaving 14 differentcategories on the piechart is just plainconfusing and evenmore so when all ofthem are pre...
Keep it AccurateTall bars should bebig numbers andshort bars smallones; a bar that’stwice as tall as itsneighbor should be...
Dress it UpAdd effects, photos,illustrations and colorbut use them to labelthe data, not just fordecoration.
Before you begin, ask yourself? What’s missing from this story? What’s bogging down the text? What data needs clarifica...
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Creating Infographics for New Media Projects

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Intended for new media and journalism students at Mercer County Community College in Prof. Holly Johnson's classes. The goal of this presentation is to introduce students to the different kinds of infographics used in print journalism.

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  1. 1. Sidebars and Infographics Journalism 1 + 2 + New Media Prof. Holly Johnson ©2012
  2. 2. DEFINITIONS SIDEBAR = Any short feature that accompanies a longer journalistic story. INFOGRAPHIC = Blends text and images to convey information visually.
  3. 3. What is the purpose of sidebars andinfographics?1. They carve up complicated material into bite- sized pieces.2. They offered attractive alternatives to gray text.3. They let writers move key information out of the narrative flow and into a highly visible spot.4. They are entertaining.
  4. 4. Fast Fact Box Nuggets pulled from the story to give readers a quick grasp of the who, what, when, where or why.
  5. 5. Fast Facts
  6. 6. FastFacts
  7. 7. Bio Box Brief profiles of people, places, products or organizations itemized by key characteristics.
  8. 8. BioBoxes
  9. 9. Glossary A list of specialized words with definitions to help clarify complex topics.
  10. 10. Glossary
  11. 11. Checklist A list of questions or guidelines that itemize key points or help readers assess something.
  12. 12. Checklist
  13. 13. Checklist
  14. 14. Quiz A short list of questions that let readers interact with a story by testing their understanding of the topic.
  15. 15. Quiz
  16. 16. Q&A A way to ask and answer hypothetical questions or capture an interview’s dialog exactly as it was said.
  17. 17. Q&A
  18. 18. Q&A
  19. 19. Quote Collection A series of relevant comments on a topic by newsmakers, readers or random passers-by.
  20. 20. Quote Collection
  21. 21. Quote Collection
  22. 22. Fever Chart A way to measure changing quantities over time by blotting key statistics as points on a graph.
  23. 23. Fever Chart
  24. 24. Bar Chart A way to compare two or more items visually by representing them as columns parked side by side.
  25. 25. Bar Chart
  26. 26. Pie Chart A way to compare the parts that make up a whole – usually measuring money or population percentages.
  27. 27. Pie Chart
  28. 28. Pie Chart
  29. 29. Table A way to arrange data into columns or rows so readers can make side-by-side comparisons.
  30. 30. Table
  31. 31. Ratings A list of people or products (sports teams, movies etc.) that lets critics (in opinion pieces) make predictions or evaluations.
  32. 32. Ratings
  33. 33. Ratings
  34. 34. Timeline A chronological table or list of events highlighting key moments in history.
  35. 35. Timeline
  36. 36. Step-by-Step Guide A brief “how-to” that explains a complex process by walking readers through it one step at a time.
  37. 37. Step-by-Step Guide
  38. 38. Diagram A plan or drawing designed to show how something works or to explain key parts of an object or process.
  39. 39. Diagram
  40. 40. Map A quick way to give readers geographical information by showing the location of events relevant to a story.
  41. 41. Map
  42. 42. Map
  43. 43. Graphics Guidelines Keep it simple Keep it accurate Label it clearly Dress it up.
  44. 44. Keep it SimpleHaving 14 differentcategories on the piechart is just plainconfusing and evenmore so when all ofthem are presentedin black and white.
  45. 45. Keep it AccurateTall bars should bebig numbers andshort bars smallones; a bar that’stwice as tall as itsneighbor should beworth two times asmuch.
  46. 46. Dress it UpAdd effects, photos,illustrations and colorbut use them to labelthe data, not just fordecoration.
  47. 47. Before you begin, ask yourself? What’s missing from this story? What’s bogging down the text? What data needs clarification? Will this sidebar or infographic idea really add something?
  48. 48. END
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