Visual confections are more than mere presentation

Data visualization.  It’s one of those terms that can mean so many things.  I say I’m doing an independent study on data visualization this quarter.  That’s true.  But a better description would be “data visualizations for journalism.”  I’ve talked about this with people before, a lot of pieces are gorgeous, and they do convey information, […]

Data Delver: Mo Tamman, Wall Street Journal

Posted by on Feb 13, 2010 in Blog, CAR, data delvers | 2 Comments

I think in the modern era, CAR merits consideration across all beats. Perhaps that’s part of why I didn’t discover it for so long, it never occurred to me to search for a specialty that looked at data, because I just assumed that was the way to do journalism. But if I were pressed to […]

Data Delver: David Donald, Center for Public Integrity

Posted by on Feb 13, 2010 in Blog, CAR, data delvers | One Comment

What is it we love about computer-assisted reporting? Why is the NICAR-L list full of people eager and willing to diagnose problem queries and discuss the merits of mapping software? What draws people to it?  The first time I saw a Python script perform batch geocoding, as numbers spun out of a Terminal console quicker than […]

Data Delver: William Hartnett, Palm Beach Post

There’s a fine line between loving your work, and falling into a deep obsession.  I don’t pretend to understand the distinction, what some call an obsession, I call it loving learning and seeing a project through.  I think it’s very easy to become sucked in to something, when it’s something that matters. I know I […]

Data Delver: Gregory Korte, Cincinnati Enquirer

I believe all beats would benefit from considering data in their reporting, but some beats demand data analysis on a regular basis.  The nature of CAR is changing — many industry folk have told me that the term “CAR” now encompasses reporters, data analysts and web developers.  It’s certainly a wide field.  One reporter I […]

Exploring Drupal — open source tool of the day

Posted by on Feb 12, 2010 in Blog, programming, web | No Comments

As part of an ongoing quest to learn as much about programming and technical tools as I strive to learn about the beats I cover, I jumped at the opportunity to attend a Drupal training this evening. I didn’t know this before today, but there is a robust Drupal user group here in Chicago, appropriately […]

Repetition, repetition: The power of multiples

Posted by on Feb 9, 2010 in Blog, class, tufte | No Comments

Teachers are true heroes in today’s society, I owe so much to almost every one that I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. As the daughter of an elementary school teacher, and from teaching some classes on my own, I know that repetition is a key part of passing knowledge from your brain to […]

Treemapping Gov. Quinn’s State of the State

This week in the Processing book, I learned all about trees and hierarchies. There’s a lot of potential here for allowing the user to delve deeper into interactives by providing multiple layers. This is a very cool example of how programming helps support my theory of journalism — the deeper the information you offer, the […]

Recognize the importance of journalistic creativity

Posted by on Feb 2, 2010 in Blog, CAR | No Comments

Applying for jobs is scary, I’ll be the first to say it. People are getting laid off left and right, and I, as a 23-year-old, have the audacity to say I have the ability and right to take those jobs, and that I’ll make it worth an employer’s while because I’m energetic, insanely devoted/obsessed and […]

Relating zip codes and geography using Processing

This week I tackled recreating Ben Fry’s Zipdecode project, which he gives great step-by-step instructions for in his Visualizing Data book that I have been following along with this quarter. It’s an interesting take on the concept of the scatterplot, even before using its interactive features, it asserts its usefulness as a population density map. […]