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or Journalism and Data: the New BFFs

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News sites run the risk of seeming outdated or irrelevant if you don't give users something to do 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

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