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A presentation for journalism students explores the idea that there are great stories to be found in data, numbers, datasets.

A presentation for journalism students explores the idea that there are great stories to be found in data, numbers, datasets.

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  • 1. Data-Driven Journalism
    Mindy McAdams
    University of Florida
  • 2. What is “a great story”?
    Convinces us of something
    Makes us question our assumptions
    Compels us to action
    Enlightens us: Brings a new realization
    Touches us: Connects to our humanity
  • 3. Can numbers tella great story?
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    Religions: Percentages for the complete United States
  • 6.
    Religions: Percentages for only California
  • 7.
    Religions: Percentages for only Texas
  • 8.
    Religions: “Do you think there is a hell?”
  • 9.
    Religions: “Do you think there is a heaven?”
  • 10. Great data visualizationtells a great story.
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  • 13. Finding the story in data
    Data can be boring — if you don’t know what you’re looking for
    In raw form, numbers and words lack meaning
    A dataset is a bucket full of numbers
    “There are stories in that bucket”
    —Nathan Yau, Flowing Data
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  • 16. Data visualization graphicscreate a picturethat makes clearwhat the numbers mean.
  • 17. All data presentations are NOT equal
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  • 20. Visualizations allow us to understand and process enormous amounts of information quicklybecause it is all represented in a single imageor animation.
    7 Things You Should Know About Data Visualization
  • 21.
    Movie box office revenues, January 1986 to February 2008.
    Vertical shows weekly revenue amount.
    Horizontal shows how long the movie ran in theaters.
  • 22. Data visualization includes:
    Fact checking
    Detective work
    —Nathan Yau, Flowing Data
  • 23. Data visualization is the graphical representation of information.
  • 24. 4 common types of data graphics
    Show patterns that occur in geographic space
    Bar charts
    Show simple numerical comparisons
    Line graphs
    Show continuous change over time
    Pie charts
    Show proportional differences
    See: Visualization Options Available in Many Eyes
  • 25.
    Map shows all public schools in Washington, D.C.
  • 26.
    Map shows all schools where at least 60 percent of students
    passed the 2006 D.C. math exam.
  • 27.
    Bar chart: U.S. service members killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, 2001-2006.
  • 28.
    Line graph compares time progression of present crisis with average of all past crises
    and with five worst worst crises (July 18, 2008)
  • 29. Pie chart: stats showing which RSS readers sent traffic
    to the blog Teaching Online Journalism in 2007
  • 30. Where to begin?
    Use Microsoft Excel
    Collect data and learn to sort it
    Make friends with a graphic designer
    Take a computer programming class
    Take a statistics class
    Take a geography class where you can learn to draw maps
  • 31. Links.
  • 32. Data-Driven Journalism
    Resources used for this presentation include
    Great Data Visualization Tells a Great Story, by Nathan Yau,
    and 7 Things You Should Know About Data Visualization