Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Data Visualization - Savior of Newspapers?

Is the survival strategy for print journalists to change the way they deliver information to consumers (from ASCII text to interactive, dynamic visualizations)?

Slashdot article

that links to a New York magazine article about the New York Times

and also to some Java applets about factors affecting the spread of AIDS and the factors affecting the length of baseball games

A comment on the Slashdot article states:
The real problem in the United States is that investigative reporting, digging around, doing follow-up, attributing sources, getting people to go on record - is hard work and nobody wants to do it.
However, on the flip side, sometimes a good visualization is really the best way to convey the information obtained from investigative reporting to the consumer.

I'd like to see a newspaper article that conveys the information that this (admittedly large) image contains:

WallStats.com - Death and Taxes 2009

An interesting take on the issue by Seth Godin

Newspapers took two cents of journalism and wrapped in ninety-eight cents of overhead and distraction.

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