Last week I published an inverted pyramid of data journalism which attempted to map processes from initial compilation of data through cleaning, contextualising, and combining that. The final stage – communication – needed a post of its own, so here it is.
UPDATE: Now in Spanish too.
Below is a diagram illustrating 6 different types of communication in data journalism. (I may have overlooked others, so please let me know if that’s the case.)
Modern data journalism has grown up alongside an enormous growth in visualisation, and this can sometimes lead us to overlook different ways of telling stories involving big numbers. The intention of the following is to act as a primer for ensuring all options are considered.
Here are 2 very interesting videos from a recent talk by Karl Schneider, Head of editorial development at B2B publisher Reed Business Information, at UCA Farnham. In the first Schneider takes a look at how the typical journalist’s day has changed – I particularly like the concept of previously only ‘20%’ of a journalist’s activity being visible, and 80% invisible, but that equation being reversed with the arrival of collaborative social media.
In the second video Schneider likens online publishing to exhibitions and events, rather than traditional print and broadcasting models:
After the first two of my interviews with news organisations’ community editors , Reed Business Information’s Andrew Rogers blogged his own ‘3 lessons‘ he’s learned from his time as Head of User Content Development. Reproduced by kind permission, here it is in full:
1. A community is only really a community if it builds (or builds on) genuine relationships between the members.
Otherwise it is merely interactivity. A corollary of this is that an online community needs to be focused around a common interest, need or passion (or simply “something in common”)
If you are to deal effectively with problems of misbehaviour you need to be able to point to the rule which says the user can’t do that.
You will still be accused of suppressing free speech/being a Nazi of course, but at least you can justify your actions in removing posts, banning users etc.
Spend a lot of time on developing the rules and lay them out in simple language
3. Find ways to reward the best or most prolific contributors
This might be through a reputation system, increased rights, or simply highlighting their contributions in some way.
Many users are driven to upload their photographs to the Farmers Weekly website in the hope that they will make it into the magazine.
It’s also true, of course, that one should aim to reward all contributors by ensuring that someone pays attention to them.