Data-Driven Journalism<br />Mindy McAdams<br />University of Florida<br />
What is “a great story”?<br />Convinces us of something<br />Makes us question our assumptions<br />Compels us to action<b...
Can numbers tella great story?<br />
usatoday.com<br />Religions: Percentages for the complete United States<br />
usatoday.com<br />Religions: Percentages for only California<br />
usatoday.com<br />Religions: Percentages for only Texas<br />
usatoday.com<br />Religions: “Do you think there is a hell?”<br />
usatoday.com<br />Religions: “Do you think there is a heaven?”<br />
Great data visualizationtells a great story. <br />
Finding the story in data<br />Data can be boring — if you don’t know what you’re looking for<br />In raw form, numbers an...
nytimes.com<br />
nytimes.com<br />
Data visualization graphicscreate a picturethat makes clearwhat the numbers mean.<br />
All data presentations are NOT equal<br />
nytimes.com<br />
nytimes.com<br />
Visualizations allow us to understand and process enormous amounts of information quicklybecause it is all represented in ...
nytimes.com<br />Movie box office revenues, January 1986 to February 2008.<br />Vertical shows weekly revenue amount.<br /...
Data visualization includes:<br />Design<br />Organization<br />Fact checking<br />Detective work<br />Research<br />—Nath...
Data visualization is the graphical representation of information.<br />
4 common types of data graphics<br />Maps <br />Show patterns that occur in geographic space<br />Bar charts <br />Show si...
washingtonpost.com<br />Map shows all public schools in Washington, D.C.<br />
washingtonpost.com<br />Map shows all schools where at least 60 percent of students <br />passed the 2006 D.C. math exam.<...
washingtonpost.com<br />Bar chart: U.S. service members killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, 2001-2006.<br />
nytimes.com<br />Line graph compares time progression of present crisis with average of all past crises <br />and with fiv...
Pie chart: FeedBurner.com stats showing which RSS readers sent traffic<br />to the blog Teaching Online Journalism in 2007...
Where to begin?<br />Use Microsoft Excel<br />Collect data and learn to sort it<br />Make friends with a graphic designer<...
Links.http://delicious.com/macloo/data+journalism<br />
Data-Driven Journalism<br />Resources used for this presentation include <br />Great Data Visualization Tells a Great Stor...
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    1. 1. Data-Driven Journalism<br />Mindy McAdams<br />University of Florida<br />
    2. 2. What is “a great story”?<br />Convinces us of something<br />Makes us question our assumptions<br />Compels us to action<br />Enlightens us: Brings a new realization<br />Touches us: Connects to our humanity<br />
    3. 3. Can numbers tella great story?<br />
    4. 4.
    5. 5. usatoday.com<br />Religions: Percentages for the complete United States<br />
    6. 6. usatoday.com<br />Religions: Percentages for only California<br />
    7. 7. usatoday.com<br />Religions: Percentages for only Texas<br />
    8. 8. usatoday.com<br />Religions: “Do you think there is a hell?”<br />
    9. 9. usatoday.com<br />Religions: “Do you think there is a heaven?”<br />
    10. 10. Great data visualizationtells a great story. <br />
    11. 11.
    12. 12.
    13. 13. Finding the story in data<br />Data can be boring — if you don’t know what you’re looking for<br />In raw form, numbers and words lack meaning<br />A dataset is a bucket full of numbers<br />“There are stories in that bucket”<br />—Nathan Yau, Flowing Data<br />
    14. 14. nytimes.com<br />
    15. 15. nytimes.com<br />
    16. 16. Data visualization graphicscreate a picturethat makes clearwhat the numbers mean.<br />
    17. 17. All data presentations are NOT equal<br />
    18. 18. nytimes.com<br />
    19. 19. nytimes.com<br />
    20. 20. Visualizations allow us to understand and process enormous amounts of information quicklybecause it is all represented in a single imageor animation.<br />7 Things You Should Know About Data Visualization<br />
    21. 21. nytimes.com<br />Movie box office revenues, January 1986 to February 2008.<br />Vertical shows weekly revenue amount.<br />Horizontal shows how long the movie ran in theaters.<br />
    22. 22. Data visualization includes:<br />Design<br />Organization<br />Fact checking<br />Detective work<br />Research<br />—Nathan Yau, Flowing Data<br />
    23. 23. Data visualization is the graphical representation of information.<br />
    24. 24. 4 common types of data graphics<br />Maps <br />Show patterns that occur in geographic space<br />Bar charts <br />Show simple numerical comparisons<br />Line graphs <br />Show continuous change over time<br />Pie charts <br />Show proportional differences<br />See: Visualization Options Available in Many Eyes<br />
    25. 25. washingtonpost.com<br />Map shows all public schools in Washington, D.C.<br />
    26. 26. washingtonpost.com<br />Map shows all schools where at least 60 percent of students <br />passed the 2006 D.C. math exam.<br />
    27. 27. washingtonpost.com<br />Bar chart: U.S. service members killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, 2001-2006.<br />
    28. 28. nytimes.com<br />Line graph compares time progression of present crisis with average of all past crises <br />and with five worst worst crises (July 18, 2008)<br />
    29. 29. Pie chart: FeedBurner.com stats showing which RSS readers sent traffic<br />to the blog Teaching Online Journalism in 2007<br />
    30. 30. Where to begin?<br />Use Microsoft Excel<br />Collect data and learn to sort it<br />Make friends with a graphic designer<br />Take a computer programming class<br />Take a statistics class<br />Take a geography class where you can learn to draw maps<br />
    31. 31. Links.http://delicious.com/macloo/data+journalism<br />
    32. 32. Data-Driven Journalism<br />Resources used for this presentation include <br />Great Data Visualization Tells a Great Story, by Nathan Yau,<br />and 7 Things You Should Know About Data Visualization<br />

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