Examples of interactive journalism – Week 5

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My example for this week is The Media Map, from Forbes magazine. The map is pretty simple — just 50 states, with a rollover chart on the left side (you can also click on the news sources to see more complete data). What’s more interesting than the graphic itself is how the Forbes data journalists collected the information they used to create the map. They explained it very nicely — worth your time to read this!

Forbes: Media Map

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6 thoughts on “Examples of interactive journalism – Week 5

  1. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/02/04/science/girls-lead-in-science-exam-but-not-in-the-united-states.html?smid=tw-share

    “Girls Lead in Science Exam, but Not in the United States” (Feb. 4, 2012)

    On the right side you can click on the different interpretations of the interactive graphic to view the groupings of the data easily. The way this graphic is designed really helps the reader understand the data, and the graphic serves a purpose to motivate others to do something – it doesn’t tell readers what to think.

  2. Dana – that’s a nice graphic. They really used interactivity to help make the data clearer. Even though it’s not highly interactive, the interactivity makes the graphic more effective. (Plus, those data are very interesting!)

  3. Chris Burg says:


    “How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?”

    This is a really neat project by Slate regarding gun violence in America. The longer I played around with the interactive, the more complex I learned it was: Not only is each gun violence victim displayed with their gender and age, but when clicked they reveal links for source information and a mailto: link to report more information. Then, the user can further sort the victims by age, location, date, etc. or find an area on the map to sort by location.

    I think crowdsourcing to pick up information about deaths that may be skipped over by the media is a great initiative by Slate.

  4. Chris – That’s a nice one! I hadn’t seen it before. I found some of the functionality to be awkward — one example is when I looked at all deaths in Newtown, CT, I had to delete the town name and state to go back to seeing all locations.

    The graphic is VERY effective it showing all those individuals, however!

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