Charts & Post-Industrial Journalism

April 9, 2014|Posted in: Readings


Choosing a Chart:

Different charts emphasize different aspects of data. Whatever you want to find out determines the chart that you will use: comparisons, totals, or comparisons within categories.

  • Stacked bar charts are needed if you want to know the total of the data.
  • Grouped bar charts are better for comparison use.
  • Side-by-side bar charts ease comparison within a category.

Post-Industrial Journalism:

There is no such thing as the “news industry” anymore. The newsmakers, the advertisers, the startups, and, especially, the people formerly known as the audience, have all been given new freedom to communicate, narrowly and broadly, outside the old strictures of the broadcast and publishing models.

5 Core Beliefs of Journalism & The Changing News Ecosystem:

1. Journalism matters. “News is something someone somewhere doesn’t want printed. Everything else is advertising.” Real journalists don’t just make information available but frame information so that it reaches and affects the public.

2. Good Journalism has always been subsidized. The biggest source of subsidy in the news environment has always been indirect and private, coming from advertisers. The link between advertiser and publisher isn’t a partnership—it’s a sales transaction. The essential source of advertiser subsidy is lack of choice, i.e., reliance on publishers in order to be seen.

3. The Internet wrecks advertising subsidy. Direct marketing vs. brand advertising, i.e., power has shifted away from publishers, back to advertisers,

4. Restructuring is a forced move. Post-industrial journalism assumes that the existing institutions are going to lose revenue and market share, and that if they hope to retain or even increase their relevance, they will have to take advantage of new working methods and processes afforded by digital media.

5. There are many opportunities for doing good work in new ways. Journalists of today have access to more information and tools than ever before, e.g., transparency movement, data journalism, interactive graphics, and social media. All these developments have expanded how the public can get and process news.