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Data visualisation – is it art?

March 29, 2011


My colleagues on my City University Journalism MA recently wrote a great post about data journalism on the alumni website, X-City. For their article, ‘Data on data’, Jemima had commissioned a graphic designer, Jessica Palmer-Tomkinson to create infographics for them. This got me thinking about the blurring boundaries between visualised data and art. Are infographics […]

The Cuts Protest – how does it compare with previous protests?

March 28, 2011


Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Central London – some in tee shirts with catchy slogans like “Cameron and Clegg put the ‘n’ in Cuts. As usual, the Guardian data blog has come up trumps by contextualising and visualising this latest march with those that have gone before […]

Our top data demons

March 24, 2011


So we’ve learnt that DATA is becoming increasingly important for any journalist and news publication worth its salt.But who are the people behind the facts and figures. Piechart Polly investigates… 1. SIMON ROGERS Simon Rogers is the Deputy News Editor at the Guardian and Editor of the Guardian’s brilliant Data Blog. He is the recent winner of […]

Data on a Budget

March 24, 2011


Yesterday, March 23 saw the Chancellor George Osborne announce the new budget. The Guardian online has a full breakdown of the 2011 figures in a user-friendly format. Click here to see.

Keeping up with Japan’s nuclear status via data

March 23, 2011


On March 11, the northeast of Japan was decimated by an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the richter scale and the giant tsunami that followed in its wake. Japan is now struggling to prevent a nuclear meltdown after of major power plants in the affected region. Streams of data being published daily by the Japanese industry body, […]

Is Ice Cream Strawberry?

March 3, 2011


Follow Polly Piechart live blogging from Paul Bradshaw’s inaugural lecture at City University… 6:36 pm Paul is looking dapper for his first talk as head of City University’s new Interactive Journalism MA, starting this October. The Dressing Up Data gals are dying to hear whether Ice Cream is Strawberry or not…? 6:38 pm We have Samuel Morse, […]

Review: Information is Beautiful

February 21, 2011


Polly Piechart talks books… For any data journalism dummies out there, Information is Beautiful is your must-read. For any self-confessed nerds, this book is your candy. Written by David McCandless, this seminal title contains visual displays of the stream of information that bombards us every day of our lives and demonstrates how it can be made […]