More than a pretty picture

Data Journalism & Visualisation

Despite my greatest efforts, I simply can’t get the proper version of this graphic to embed in WordPress. Like the rest of this week, this post began with high hopes, followed by frustration and an end result that makes you go…eh (shrugs shoulders).

Data journalism and visualisation is all about taking stories involving data sets or complex information and telling them visually.

Thus, the link above should take you to an info-graphic explaining the debate and controversy around the greyhound racing industry. It was connected to an article I wrote for UOWTV Multimedia, which I believe was bested by a  similar article, executed with more finesse in a more specific topic area.

This was one of those deflating moments where you’ve just got to say you’ve learnt something. In a newsroom, two people probably shouldn’t develop two stories on the same topic with a similar lead. Despite this, you will see such an article appear on every other news source in your vicinity. Alternatively; online you are but one atom in a galaxy of information and while you’re two cents may add to a kind of collective intelligence, almost nobody may witness them.

Note: While experimenting with new mediums is fun, if you’re time constrained, don’t let it be your maiden voyage. DataJ & Vis sounds like a cosmic dance party, but really it’s just as much research and writing plus realising your not a graphic designer and having to deal with that.

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