Welcome to the Data Journalism mini-unit within Writing and Editing for Online Media!
On this guide you will find all the resources for the unit. During the three class periods, Josh Been, Digital Scholarship Librarian, and Ellen Filgo, liaison librarian for JPR&NM, will introduce you to ways in which you can incorporate data visualization into the stories you write.
Our hope is that with this guide and the lessons from the unit, you will have basic understanding for how data visualization can enhance the stories that you will write.
Data visualization is viewed by many disciplines as a modern equivalent of visual communication. It involves the creation and study of the visual representation of data.
To communicate information clearly and efficiently, data visualization uses statistical graphics, plots, information graphics and other tools. Numerical data may be encoded using dots, lines, or bars, to visually communicate a quantitative message. Effective visualization helps users analyze and reason about data and evidence. It makes complex data more accessible, understandable and usable. [From Wikipedia]