June 23, 2015


On Tuesday, Quartz introduced a new home for charts and data journalism — Atlas. Zachary Seward, Quartz’s executive editor, wrote about the new site and how Quartz hopes it will grow.

Atlas gives each of our charts its own home, along with a set of tools for interacting with them: You can now download the data behind our charts, embed our charts elsewhere on the web, grab an image of our charts, and of course share our charts on social media. They will look great regardless of whether you’re using a big screen or mobile device.

Users will find some native advertising on Quartz in the form of charts, Seward wrote. Along with the new site, Quartz also open sourced a new version of Chartbuilder. Charts, Seward wrote, “are our cat photos.”

With Atlas, we wanted to make it easier for readers to share our charts by acknowledging that these simple data visualizations can easily stand on their own, with their own pages and ability to spread across the web. Atlas chart pages and embeds are also more useful than flat image files because they can offer context and, crucially, provide the data behind them for further analysis.

Earlier this month, Quartz Editor-in-Chief Kevin Delaney spoke with Poynter about how the site is approaching video and why it’s publishing them to YouTube and Facebook.

Here’s one of those now shareable charts, (and really, Finland?):

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Kristen Hare covers the people and business of local news and is the editor of Locally at Poynter. She previously worked as a staff writer…
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