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How data visualisation can add value to your stories: The Media Roundup

How data visualisation can add value to your stories

I am not naturally a numbers guy. I work with spreadsheets but they bring me no joy. Graphs on the other hand… everyone loves a good graph. This excellent data-visualisation explainer from the Fix is about more than numbers and graphs, but at its heart, it’s about making information accessible for people like me.

It talks about useful tools and provides loads of examples of complex information presented beautifully. But it actually goes beyond making things look good; studies show that allowing users to ‘take control’ of the way they experience data using interactive graphics makes it easier to understand.

The good news is you don’t need to be an expert coder to create effective graphics. The work varies, but it can be boiled down to data analysis and visualisation and this piece recommends tools to help you do both.

Mitigating paywall impact on SEO

It’s a difficult balancing act; paywalls are an increasingly important revenue generator for publishers, but they can mess with SEO, crucial for audience acquisition. A new report outlined on WNIP offers tips on how publishers can minimize the impact, from paying attention to how you are blocking people to considering your content-access strategy article by article.

FT only newspaper to see annual circulation growth in August

I feel like it’s been a long time since we’ve talked about newspaper ABCs. That usually means there’s been no major change, and looking at the latest year-on-year column, the decline continues. That FT growth is about 500 copies and for everyone else annual circulation is down by up to 20%. 

Mr Magazine on magazines in 2049

Over 10 years ago, Samir Husni – Mr Magazine – wrote an article for the 40th anniversary of the German magazine GIT VERLAG giving his thoughts on what magazines would be like in 2049. He’s just published an English translation and, if e-paper technology every catches up with his imagination, we’re in for a treat.

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