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“Agencies won’t have the same conscience as newsrooms when telling ‘the truth’ with data” says Caroline Beavon

Caroline Beavon defines herself as an information wrangler, visual journalist and infographics designer. She runs her own company  in Birmingham.

Below are some thoughts on data journalism and data visualisation after a conversation:

What skills are important to be a good data journalist outside the newsroom?

It is important to be aware of commercial considerations because brands may have specific requirements and elements that don’t want to be published:

“You also will need to decide if you’re happy not always telling ‘the truth’ with data as agencies won’t have the same conscience as newsrooms.”

Regarding design and appearance, newsrooms are not as worried as agencies as long as the story is being told.

Interactive or static?

It depends entirely on the client, who usually has an idea of the project.  However, if there are a large dataset and lots of potential users an interactive may be the best option.

Caroline uses Tableau and Illustrator and occasionally RAW to create infographics.

Useful data visualisation websites to follow?

1. Information is Beautiful

Website run by David McCandless that gathers data, information and knowledge and turn them into beautiful and useful visualisations, infographics and diagrams.

They upload spreadsheets from their best data, share work from professionals around the world and organise the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards to praise the best visualisations, websites and professionals of the year.

2. Tableau gallery

The best visualisations created by Tableau Public users:

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3. Bloomberg

A collection of the last interactive data projects:

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4. Visocky O’Grady

Jenn and Ken Visocky O’Grady have authored three books on information design and they both insist on the visual aspect of any project:

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