• Melissa Rosales

Getting in the Flow of Data Visualization

Updated: Sep 11, 2019

This semester I decided to take a Data Visualization journalism course because I believe this is a kind of journalism that's really important but easily overlooked. Data can seem boring, but it tells a story. It's up to us as journalists to 'decode' numbers, facts, charts and explain it to the masses in a digestible manner.

For example, the Daily Viz created this interesting story on President Trump's tweets. Visualizing a Year of @realDonaldTrump by Matt Stiles takes a deeper look into Trump's tweets in an innovative way. I remember throughout 2018 how many more times should Trump tweet the words "great," "fake news", and "border" but through this chart I can find my answers. I was pleasantly surprised to see that "&" was really mentioned in his tweets a lot. It shows that Trump shortens his tweets or at least "and" as much as possible. The visualization also showed how much did Trump tweet certain words at every month. The visualization even took things one step forward by marking certain important events of 2018 to when Trump tweeted specific words like "wall" and "mueller." This is a straight to the point visualization that tells the story of Trump's presidential year in 2018 all through the use of numbers, short words, and red lines.