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One of the most exciting and entertaining element of online news, for me, is our ability to harness data and display it like never before.
The New York Times is another publication which produces some amazing multimedia work and today I came across this:
It invites readers to plot their reactions to two questions: How much of a turning point in the war on terror will Bin Laden’s death represent? and What is your emotional response? The former is gauged from significant to insignificant; the latter from positive to negative. It’s a really easy way to see people’s reactions – it’s well worth a look.
Information, particularly comment and opinion, can take on a whole new meaning when it can be turned into something visual and interactive – it’s so much easier to understand and even analyse and it’s a brilliant way of transforming the mundane into an issue worth further discussion.
Osama bin Laden’s death will be the talking point of many debates over the next few weeks and months. ‘A Safer World‘ a discussion held at The Front Line Club this evening on the ramifications for Pakistan, Afghanistan and the West, sold out in hours and just earlier this afternoon I was listening to a podcast from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation discussing about the effects Osama’s death could have on Obama’s presidential campaign for the elections next year.
The NYT shows that this type of information could be valuable in determining how the public feel about these issues, not just the ‘experts’.
A nice little piece about bridging the gap between online and offline audiences. 10,000 words interviewed George Kelly, online coordinator at the Contra Costa Times (a Bay Area News Group daily newspaper) in Walnut Creek, California, to discuss this issue. In the interview, Kelly comments that:
“The current digital landscape gives journalism and reporting unprecedented reach and impact. We’ve got cheap, powerful databases that let us sift and sort and display information in amazing ways. We’ve got tools and services to curate real-time information from anywhere on the planet. Now, we need to figure out when, and where, and how to use those tools to give people the information they need to make decisions about their lives and communities.”
I thought his comments on defining ‘new media’ were particularly relevant. I’ve found in my own reading that we seem to have defined this divide between ‘old’ and ‘new’ when really that’s not the case – the media landscape is evolving, it didn’t suddenly change – and we shouldn’t be apprehensive. There have been arguments posed that ‘new media’ will suddenly mean the end of journalism – I think that’s FAR from the case, indeed if anything, new technologies, platforms and methods of information delivery can enhance the way we distribute, search for and recieve news and information. Kelly was quick to pick up on the need for diversity – not as in race, gender etc but in platforms and that these needed to diversify in location – that online journalism shouldn’t be just for big cities or huge audiences. I totally agree!
And some advice for young journalists…
“What advice would you give to any up-and-coming or early-career journalist?
GK: Buy a domain name. Start a blog. Learn to code. Teach someone how to code. Get in the habit of making things. Sign up for new services as often as you wash your hands, brush your teeth or change your clothes. Remind yourself every day that you belong, that what is happening here is still unformed enough and unfixed enough that you can still make a mark — your own mark — with something worth doing and sharing with others.”