Thursday, 7 June 2012

Journalism in the age of data
A documentary from Geoff McGhee, Produced during a 2009-2010 John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University.

Journalism in the age of data is a fantastic documentary from Geoff McGhee on data journalism. If you're interested in data visualization or want to gain a better understanding into its place in today's world, this video gives a wonderful insight into the growing industry from some of the most prominent figures in the field.

The hour long documentary covers trends and different approaches to the subject, highlighting the growing popularity in the genre of information graphics across many sectors, with organizations from governments to cable television stations seeking interactive visualizations of their data in an effort to communicate multitudes of business information.

As more and more data becomes available, the importance of condensing and articulating that data is increasing. Also pertinent to the influx of data are privacy issues; where does the data come from? What is public information and how can it be used? As Sarah Slobin suggests in the documentary "Transparency is the new black".

It's exciting to see the leaps and bounds made by the talented and passionate people driving this movement, with advances in technology and software programming giving rise to pushing the envelope of communication and information derived from data.

See the video below, on Vimeo here, or watch the full version with annotations and links here.


About Geoff McGhee

GEOFF McGHEE is an online journalist specializing in multimedia and information graphics. Over the past decade he has worked at The New York Times and, and in France at Le Monde Interactif. In 2009-2010, he spent a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University studying data visualization. In July 2010, McGhee began a new job developing visualizations and interactive content for the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford

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