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September 30 2010


How data visualization can help storytelling

As part of his Knight Journalism Fellowship, online journalist Geoff McGhee produced this video report about data visualization as a storytelling medium.

He says, “Journalists are coping with the rising information flood by borrowing data visualization techniques from computer scientists, researchers and artists. Some newsrooms are already beginning to retool their staffs and systems to prepare for a future in which data becomes a medium. But how do we communicate with data, how can traditional narratives be fused with sophisticated, interactive information displays?”

Journalism in the Age of Data from geoff mcghee on Vimeo.

July 30 2010


Turn your Twitter stream into a people parade

Twitter visualisations come in many forms, but IS Parade is arguably the most inventive yet…. As an example, check out this visualization of @cyberjournalist Twitter followers.
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This article was written by Jemima Kiss, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 28th July 2010 10.59 UTC

Twitter visualisations come in many forms, but IS Parade is arguably the most inventive yet. Start a ‘parade’ of tweets across your csreen either by keyword, or by Twitter ID.

Use your own Twitter ID and you’ll see a parade of your own followers, which is a bit of an ego boost at least…

You can set up your own real-time parade by getting friends to tweet the same keyword, and then setting up a parade to follow it.

Not the most fuctional Twitter tool yet, but it does draw you in. All done by a Japanese agency to promote Sharp’s new IS series Android netbook/smartphone.

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May 04 2010


The Nation launches new site built on Drupal, emphasizing community

The Nation magazine launched a much-improved new website that is built on an open-source platform and features a more flexible and community-oriented design. The redesign features innovations like search-engine friendly “topic” pages, story-level twitter feeds and instantly-customizable homepage and section front designs. A new community section lets readers vote articles up or down and enables readers to participate in the editorial process with new crowd-sourcing initiatives. The new platform, built using the open-source software “Drupal,” enables Nation editors to respond more quickly to breaking news and gives the business staff flexibility to quickly configure customizable, innovative campaigns for advertisers and marketers.

“Its now far more likely you found us on Twitter than in a bookstore, and you might be following my blog from anywhere in the world. We’re not afraid of new platforms, and we’re going to embrace the many opportunities they present,” said Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher of The Nation, said in announcing the new site.

“What we’re trying to do on those platforms, however, is something a little different — and something I hope can chart a course forward for independent journalism in the digital age. We’re trying to adapt these new media tools to amplify our unique form of journalism: investigative reporting that speaks truth to power; informed opinion journalism; critical analysis of politics and news; and lively, intelligent coverage of books, culture and the arts. In short: whether its a 140-character tweet, a blog post on your iPhone or the cover story in the latest print edition, we’re committed to first-class, fact-checked, well-edited independent journalism.”

Some of The Nation’s content has been behind a paywall and will remain so, but the magazine is not increasing the amount behind that paywall right now. Vanden Heuvel says the focus for now is on developing special online benefits to spur subscriptions and add features that make using TheNation.com a richer experience.

The platform was developed by Phase Two technologies, which recently built a new system for The White House. The project was led by the strategic digital consultancy The Osder Group, whose recent projects include ProPublica.org, The Daily Beast and TakePart.com.

The Osder Group emphasized community and activism throughout The Nation’s redesign. The new community section aggregates content like reader comments, letters, polls and sharing tools.” This summer The Nation will introduce a feature where site users can initiate their own activism campaigns online.

The redesign also expands and highlights sharing tools to the growing number of online social networks, which now drive more than 30% of The Nation’s traffic. The magazine’s Twitter feed, @thenation, has more than 40,000 followers and has received critical acclaim, recently winning the “Shorty” Award in politics for short form journalism.

April 21 2010


RollingStone.com redesigns

The new site includes improved navigation and music reviews with new audio and video features – for example, you can instantly listen to any piece of music you read about on the site. More details here.

March 30 2010


guardian.co.uk redesigns front page

The Guardian has launched a new front page that highlights video and user comments more.


Editor Janine Gibson says:

We are producing a lot more video and multimedia now. Communities and reader comments are an important aspect of the site, and we also want to make even greater use of photographs.

The old front page restricted how much use we can make of video and photos. And there was no obvious place for users. So it was about time that we redesigned the front to better reflect the new things we&apos;re doing elsewhere on the site.

You can read more about the changes here and post your comments: Introducing guardian.co.uk’s new front page

January 06 2010


USAToday.com launches new home page, ad formats

USAToday.com has launched a new homepage design, with an improved navigation and more emphasis on visuals. The site has also launched new ad formats. Here is a video walk-through…

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