Examples of interactive journalism – Week 8

As always, add your own example for extra credit by providing a link in a reply to this post.

This week’s example, Empty Desks: Oregon’s Absenteeism Epidemic, comes from The Oregonian, which is not nearly as well known for data journalism as, say, The New York Times. The northwestern news organization has outdone itself on this excellent story about the consequences of kids skipping school, which is on the rise. The map below is just one example of the many appealing interactive charts and graphs in this package.

Oregonian absenteeism story

The graph below shows how the problem of absenteeism increases for high schools (red dots) in comparison with elementary schools (blue dots). Each dot provides more information when you roll over it.

Oregonian absenteeism 2

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4 thoughts on “Examples of interactive journalism – Week 8

  1. http://www.propublica.org/special/a-tangled-web

    “A Tangled Web: Who’s Making Money From All This Campaign Spending?”

    Created in 2012 by ProPublica, this interactive chart shows where all the money spent by presidential candidates & super PACs goes. You can navigate the chart by clicking on either spenders or recipients. This is an efficient and engaging way to make complicated data accessible to the public.

  2. Elaine Hussey says:

    This may not be a concrete example of interactive journalism, but I wanted to share it anyways.

    Time.com has relaunched its website to have a multi-platform friendly feel to it.
    http://www.adweek.com/news/press/time-relaunches-web-redesign-156098

    Although the new site works well on my computer, when I tried to view it on my Ipod, I found it difficult to navigate and slide through the options available. I was also disappointed to see the the navigation bar takes up almost half of my screen.

    Something I did find as interactive was the article on the World Trade Center. http://time.com/world-trade-center/
    The article is mixed with journalism and automatic video as well as the ability to see the view from the very top of Freedom Tower. Unfortunately, due to the redesign, the nav takes up a lot of space when trying to view the article.

  3. Good example, Brittany. The interactive graphic on the left side is drawn dynamically on a canvas (that’s an HTML5 element) with the ID #payee_canvas. Every time someone clicks on the table on the right side, the canvas is redrawn with SVG graphics. Some kind of JavaScript is behind it.

  4. Elaine, I like your example, and I will count it. A major redesign by a major journalism website is definitely noteworthy, and it’s very relevant to the topics in this course.

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