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How Data Journalism Can Help You Live a Better Life?

Firstly, for my friends who don’t have a clue about what DATA JOURNALISM is? Well, here’s a possible answer… Data Journalism as the term suggests  is simply, DATA + JOURNALISM. In short, everything journalists present with data.

For many years, journalists have been using data as a source to project and put forward the realities which otherwise, would go missing.
Journalists have dealt with major data scarcity issues  (in terms of availability of open data) and it was really challenging to present them in an order best interpreted by the reader mainly because of the following reasons:

  • Lack of proper medium to create intriguing presentations
  • Scarcity of the medium to deliver the exact message

Not going much deeper to these facts, I present some of the reasons where data journalism can be really helpful & can actually help you to live a better life ;-)



Infographics (Information & graphics) and data visualization are two main pillars of presenting an effective story. In recent years, not only the giant corporations but also SME’s are into the competition to present their reports in the most eye catching ways. Annual reports, financial stats and quarterly reports are read by far more people now than it used to be. A compelling story can be told easily by using infographics in it.

Newspapers have adopted a fine way to present breath taking stories by projecting analytics as the basis of various articles.  You can easily find graphs & charts in various reports and most articles.

Recently, the ice bucket challenge has come into light and a lot of data was drawn to express different aspects of the challenge (donation money drawn etc.) Here is a short example wherein it becomes a lot easier to interpret numbers than telling it in stories.

”Data can be the source of data journalism, or it can be the tool with which the story is told — or it can be both. Like any source, it should be treated with scepticism; and like any tool, we should be conscious of how it can shape and restrict the stories that are created with it.” — Paul Bradshaw, Birmingham City University.



“New digital technologies bring new ways of producing and disseminating knowledge in society. Data journalism can be understood as the media’s attempt to adapt and respond to the changes in our information environment — including more interactive, multi-dimensional story-telling, enabling readers to explore the sources underlying the news and encouraging them to participate in the process of creating and evaluating stories.”

— César Viana, University of Goiás



Gone those days when data was scarce, when journalists needed information which was not available. Today there is ample of information available, journalists need to filter carefully and find the useful information to present.

Processing is done at two levels:

(1) Analysis to bring sense and structure out of the never-ending flow of data

(2) “Presentation to get what’s important and relevant into the consumer’s head. Like science, data journalism discloses its methods and presents its findings in a way that can be verified by replication” — Philip Meyer, Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



Data journalism has a close resemblance with photo journalism where story telling is done with images.  It differs in the way how data is projected (in forms of graphical representation). More carefully DATA is visualized, more captivating it becomes. But it is even more alluring in facts, the reason being photos does not say it all, figures does!!



Data Journalism has a long and bright future. Journalists need to be data- savvy and be able to filter & visualize it actively.  As everything gets viral so quickly, Journalists need to be very compassionate!

New Year Quotes from Team Jolicharts

All the team here at Jolicharts would like to wish you, marvelous Jolicharts user, a glorious, rewarding and successful new year.

It is with these seasonal greetings in mind that we offer up 4 quotes at starting your new year off on a data-driven foot:
The temptation to form premature theories upon insufficient data is the bane of our profession.” – Sherlock Holmes, fictional detective, or, put it this way, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the author)
Be a good detective by making an appropriate use of Jolicharts to discover trends behind your data.

Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all.” – Charles Babbage, mathematician, philosopher, inventor, and engineer
Today, Charles Babbage would have undoubtedly written that “Using Jolicharts to create your dashboards is much better than having no dashboard at all”.

The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight.” – Carly Fiorina, former Executive, President, and Chair of Hewlett-Packard Co.
At Jolicharts, we believe insight comes from sharing information around data. In other words, we believe insight comes from collaboration. This is why sharing your dashboards with as many people as you want will always be free.

I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians, and I’m not kidding.” – Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google
The good news is you don’t need to be a statistician to be in the sexy category, just keep on using Jolicharts to make your data speak out loud.

Now that all is said and done, Happy New Year 2013!

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