Category Archives: Data journalism

data visualization, interactive maps, timeline, coding

How to teach/learn data journalism: Tools for every journalist; programming for data specialist

The popular data tools are for every digital journalist to learn and use in everyday work, and the “high-end” programming/coding is for people who want to be a “data specialist.” Journalism programs can incorporate basic data tools in a (required) … Continue reading

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Improvements made to the free data visualization tool, infogr.am

The free online data visualization tool just got better: infogr.am recently improved its template lineup and added new features (such as map!). I created a short demo for the various templates one can use to visualize a data set. Note … Continue reading

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Tutorial: Embed a Google Fusion tables map, with a legend, to a WordPress post

For digital journalists creating interactive maps using Google Fusion tables, a common complaint that Google has not addressed is that the map does not come with an embedded legend. Here’s a simple workaround to add a customized legend to your … Continue reading

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Timeline tools for news reporting have room for improvements

In my search for timeline tools for use in a multimedia journalism class, I tested two solutions: (a) Dipity, a free online service; and (b) a Facebook-style timeline javascript template. I tried to create a timeline that plots the key … Continue reading

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Comparing two data visualization tools: Tableau Public vs. Infogr.am

Tableau Public andĀ Infogr.am are two popular data visualization tools that I have been testing and learning recently. When it comes to producing interactive online charts, each tool has its pros and cons:

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My test drive of Tableau Public: a free data visualization tool

In my search for a data visualization solution that is manageable for journalism students, I took a test drive of a data visualization tool called Tableau Public; this tool was released in 2010 and has been gaining popularity in the … Continue reading

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Finally, a Google Fusion map embedded into a blog post, with an embedded legend

After several hours of trial and error, I finally created the interactive map below which shows median household income by county in New Jersey. Three major steps are involved in creating this map: (a) create a standard Google Fusion map, … Continue reading

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Data visualization for business reporting

Visualization of some raw data can vividly, visually convey the main points buried in the data. Here’s a good example of how a business report can make use of data visualization.

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infogr.am vs. Google Fusion Tables: A comparison review of online data visualization tools

Infogr.am, a free online data visualization tool still in its beta, shows great potential to become a reporting tool for online presentation of raw data.

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Create Google interactive map – a basic know-how for multimedia reporters

Use of Google Maps is what a multimedia reporter must know and know well. There are different tools for creating advanced or fancy interactive Google map. It’s just that these tools (software programs) need to be downloaded and installed on … Continue reading

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