Examples of interactive journalism – Week 3

This post has two purposes: (1) To present an example of interactive journalism that I recommend; and (2) To allow you to reply with a new link to an example of interactive journalism that YOU recommend.

It is optional for you to post a link. If you do, it counts toward extra credit (provided it meets the criteria). You can read the details on the Required Work page, under the subheading “Extra credit.” See previous example posts by clicking the Examples link in the sidebar.

Your link and reply must meet the requirements spelled out on the Required Work page.

My example for you this week — Here’s Where Your iPhone Got Lost Or Stolen — is NOT interactive, but it shows you how a journalist used Python to collect data (from Craigslist) and then write a totally original story, with charts. (Your examples still need to be interactive ones.) The charts here could be more beautiful, in my opinion. But the story’s the thing, and the reporter got this story with Python.

BONUS: The journalist, Nicole Martinelli, wrote a separate account of how she used Python to get these data.

Bar chart: Places where iPhones are most commonly lost

Pie chart: Days of the week when iPhones are most often lost

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Leave a comment on this post to submit your example for this week.

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Include the title or headline of the example you are linking to.

Write one sentence about why we should appreciate it.

7 thoughts on “Examples of interactive journalism – Week 3

  1. My example for the week is the L.A. Times homicide report. The report tracks all homicides in L.A. County since 2007.


    We should appreciate the report because it uses a medium (interactive maps) that fits the information and clearly demonstrates to the reader where, when and how many murders occurred across the county, which can lead to great stories.

  2. Phill says:

    I liked the day of the week graph. I have a theory that more people lose their phones when it’s set to ‘mute’ as they don’t want to be disturbed by it.

    Here is a link that has nothing to do with my theory, but is about lost phones:

    And if you happen to be in the bathroom and it you loose it down the toilet this might help:


  3. An example of interactive journalism is the Miami Herald’s “Portraits of Guantanamo: Through the lens of the International Red Cross.”


    This project has photographs by the Red Cross of some Guantanamo captives. With each picture, the reader can learn a detainee’s name, age and other information. Some pictures are even linked with supporting video or audio.

  4. Daniela: “Portraits of Guantanamo” is a great example because it’s very simple — students in this class should be able to build an identical page by the end of this semester. The main technology used is jQuery.

  5. Brittany: I love that example — look how easy it is to see at a glance the differences between the regions of the U.S. Compare the Southeast and the Northeast, for example. I also like the rainbow colors.

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