"Journalism in the age of data" response

Two themes stood out to me from the video:

  1. Paying attention to the balance between data (the amount being presented, what's included/not) and the how it's presented/the medium (how artistic/complex it is, how does it come off to viewer) is essential when trying to create good data visualisations that both convey messages and allow the viewer to find their own narrative. At some points people in the video talk about how data visualisations are getting very artistic and visual enticing, but are failing to communicate the data in a way that suits the viewer. Furthermore, at other points they talk about how some visualisations are too data heavy and trying to do too much. Finding a happy balance between these two extremes is something I feel like they advocated for, although they did not provide a specific method to achieve such a balance.

  2. I also thought the idea that the programs/mediums through which representations are created are essential parts of the data visualisation process was important to note. The speakers in the video not only talk about how the type of program selected plays an important role in determining the final product, but also how the programs widely available to the public effect how they consume and share data. However, I think where they were optimistic that programs would become more widely/publicly available and utilised, I think the reality is that these programs have actually become more distant from average consumer.

"Journalism in the age of data" respons