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Data Visualizations in the Newsroom

If you consume any political news or watch late night television, Congress has become the punchline of many an editorial or frustrated monologue. But does Congress really suck?

With a data visualization, Nikanth Patel, an Editorial Production Associate at The New Yorker, hopes to help people answer that question. Created in his time away from the office, Patel entered his latest data visualization project “Does Congress Really Suck?” in the BiCoastal Datafest sponsored by Columbia and Stanford Universities, where it won the “Best in Insight” prize.

By aggregating public data into a sleek and interactive interface, Patel’s project allows users to judge Congress through comparisons to past sessions, by following the money trail, and a real-time view of the public’s opinion of Congress on social media.

Why data visualizations? For starters, it makes information easier to consume. Since we have the technology to make data look sleek, even artful, and let readers interact with it, why not? Patel sees data visualizations as just another step in the evolution of the image. Reporters have used pictures, then video, to help tell their story. Why not data visualizations? As long as it’s in context, of course. Read more

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Explore, Share And Soon Build Beautiful Data Visualizations With Visual.ly


Infographics and interactive features are quickly becoming one of the most innovative ways to share and display datasets. Data visualizations are the perfect complement to text-heavy articles, and can make great explainers for readers hoping to learn quickly about a complicated issue or story. By translating complicated datasets into beautiful graphics, complex ideas can be communicated in a clear, easy to understand way. A new start-up is helping to aggregate these visualizations into one place, creating a one stop shop for interesting infographics.

Visual.ly lets you explore and share compelling data visualizations built by designers across the web. The site, started by Stewart Langille and Lee Sherman, originally from Mint.com’s content and marketing team, culls the best visualizations by the best designers and lays them out neatly for users to reference, share and explore. Aside from helping interested readers understand complex issues, the site also helps designers promote their own data projects. Designers can create their own profiles on Visual.ly which serve as portfolios for their work.

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