One thing is increasingly true wen it comes to journalism online: People don;t like reading long grey blocks of text.
“Small screens and ever-present distractions make it imperative that content be easily digestible and, if possible, interactive,” Tim Currie writes on page 295 of The New Journalist.
He adds that today there are more and more agencies, government included, that are making data public. These can be a goldmine for a journalist. But they tend to be database or spreadsheet tables — not very digestible.
So what to do?
“The answer,” Currie writes, “is data visualizations.”