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6 lessons academic research tells us about making data visualizations

As more media outlets embrace data, and data visualizations become integral to storytelling, it's increasingly important to understand what makes an effective graphical presentation. While much has been written about data visualization tools and ways to teach data visualization, much less has been written about the academic research on effective visualization. Journalists may not be aware of the … Read More
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Tragic images of children captured by photojournalists over time

In most cultures, children are valued as precious gifts of life -- treasured icons of hope. That stands in stark contrast to photographs circulated this week of a small, lifeless refugee child lying face-down on a Turkish beach with his bright red shirt, little blue cargo shorts and Velcro-strapped, sneakers. Almost immediately, the image became a symbol of the plight … Read More
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The decisions behind the New York Magazine's Cosby cover

When New York Magazine began planning its stunning cover of 35 women who accuse Bill Cosby of assault 30 women had come forward. Now, six months later the number is 46. The magazine had to navigate a range of ethical, journalistic and design challenges. For instance, is it fair to publicly accuse a person when he/she has not been charged? … Read More
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When deciding to run an open-casket photo, picture editors matter

As news organizations debated their lead image options yesterday during the first of a two-day public viewing for slain Senator and pastor Clementa C. Pinckney, a key voice was silent in many newsrooms: The picture editor. Given the magnitude of this story and the historical significance, many publications and news sites presented the open casket public viewing prominently. Read More
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Graphic New York Times video seems justified

Screenshot from the New York TImes website.The lead image on the front of the New York Times website Tuesday was graphic raw video of a white North Charleston, S.C. police officer shooting an apparently unarmed black man who was running away after a traffic stop Saturday. Tuesday, the officer was charged with murder in the case. Why would the … Read More
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As photos flood our screens, which ones hold our attention?

During a week when millions of viewers/readers keenly search internet screen, mobile devices and publication pages for photographic images of a botched Super Bowl XLIX pass, an encaged Jordanian ISIS hostage and a tragic Taiwanese TransAsia Airways flight 235, the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) released some pretty revealing findings of their own. The question the study … Read More
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TV Station takes heat for exposing criminal

KXLY TV in Spokane, Washington is taking heat from some viewers for exposing supposed do-gooder as a criminal. Sunday afternoon, a man called the KXLY newsroom with an offer. "The caller told our weekend anchor Aaron Luna that he wanted to help Spokane's homeless population so he was going to hand out thousands of dollars in the next few weeks … Read More
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Why so many people loved Tom Magliozzi's storytelling

FILE In this July 9, 1991 file photo, Brothers Tom, left, and Ray Magliozzi pose under a car hood in Boston. Tom Magliozzi died today of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)The one thing about the news that is eternal, I guess, is that you never know for sure who is going to die … Read More
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Hysteria or proper precaution -- a conversation with Michel du Cille

Michel du Cille (Photo by: Julia Ewan/TWP) Kenny Irby interviewed Washington Post photographer Michel du Cille about his work in Liberia covering the Ebola virus, but before we get into his work, we will address Syracuse University's decision to disinvite the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner from its S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Fall Workshop. Each side … Read More
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Here's a peek behind the curtain of a televised debate

In the next two weeks, candidates from 11 hotly contested elections will face each other in statewide debates. Candidates in nine other states faced each other in debates already this month. In these days of the tightly scripted message-of-the-day campaigning, debates might be the closest voters get to hearing unscripted viewpoints. My Poynter colleague Jill Geisler, a veteran journalist … Read More
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Storytelling lessons from Budweiser puppy commercial

Budweiser strikes again. Once again, with the help of a puppy, the beer maker created another viral commercial. Earlier this year, it aired a Super Bowl commercial titled "Puppy Love" that I deconstructed for Poynter.org readers. The new ad, "Friends are Waiting" comes with this cutline: Next time you go out, be sure to make a plan to … Read More
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How the media can and does help domestic abuse victims

The Executive Director of CASA, the St. Petersburg, Florida domestic violence center told me "not a single word" of Janay Rice's Instagram post surprised her. After 30 years of working with domestic violence victims, Linda Osmundson says the Ray Rice case is typical of the 6,000 cases a year that flow through the victim support system, including a … Read More
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Was Ferguson a 'news desert' until two weeks ago?

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks during a news conference in Ferguson, Mo. Violent protests in Ferguson erupted in the wake of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer on Aug. 9. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Coming late to the Ferguson story, I have a modest thought to add to the ongoing discussion of why the police shooting and … Read More
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