Applying data visualization into case studies

       The visualization of data is the foundation and distinctive feature of data journalism. In the fast-growing technology circumstance,using visualized infographics to tell story could take a direct and scientific feeling for audience.  More specifically, credible and scientific visualized graphs or infographics, including diagrams, charts, and maps, could attract the readers’ eyesight effectively, and transform something abstract and complicated into something easy and clear to understand. Here are two case studies that applies data visualization into their projects that absolutely illustrate it.

A Disappearing Planet

      Without action to protect biodiversity at a time pf disappearing habitats and increased poaching, many animals are on the verge of extinction. So paying much attention to animal extinction is extremely urgent. The Propublica, an independent newsroom that focus on journalism in the public interest, managed a data research about this issue and record the extinction rates of animal species around the world. On the “A Disappearing Planet” section homepage, people can discover the percentage of every animal specie at risk of distinction and use red color to highlight the number. Because of the sound data and visualized graphs, the problem of animal extinction can raise the public concern.

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The Airbnb effect

        Airbnb, which is a trusted community marketplace for people to discover and book unique accommodation around the world. Over the few years, since the first-class customer service and ever-increasing users, Airbnb has exerted global effects on hotel markets and housing industry, especially for some big cities. The San Francisco Chronicle ever organized a research on Airbnb effect in 2015, evaluating and predicting Airbnb’s growth in San Francisco .

      In the research, total listings and cost, length and frequency of rentals has been analyzed through visualized charts and maps. Because of the visualized data and statistics, The San Francisco Chronicle can explain the Airbnb effect to the public in a powerful and credible way.

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A wonderful example of data journalism: Development Initiatives

 

 

Data journalism in its simplest term is using the data to craft a news story. Actually, data journalism is a new form of storytelling in the fast-changing and emerging media time. What’ more, data journalism is to be considered as the ability to collect, managing and analyze massive data and to know how to craft a story is by a huge influx of data and correctly to illustrate the data.屏幕快照 2017-06-02 下午5.02.38

Development Initiatives, which is an international development organization that applies themselves to keep the sustainable development and commit to ending poverty in the world. It is worthy to mention that data is the core force of the organization and plays the most essential role in the whole process. In the organization, data is the most key part to explain the seriousness of poverty problem around the word. DI have been working to improve data use for sustainable development is about helping people make the most use of data to bridge the wealth gap and finally deal with poverty in the world.

Additionally, The Development Data Hub is the organization’ special and key department, which is devoted to making more people to attach the importance to data, breaking down barriers to data use, and enhancing data availability and transparency.

By data using, DI has successfully made great progress in a wide range of areas in the world. For example, organizing data revolution in Nepal, recording disasters and stimulating domestic revenue in Kenya, building partnerships to reduce poverty.

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Technology adoption in phones benefits its network effects

       What is a network effect? The network effect is exactly what it sounds like, a network is a relationship between two elements. Specifically,the more who use a product, the higher it’s value becomes to other users. And here is a case study about the relationship between technology adoption in phones with its network effects.

    Firstly, a vast majority of social apps on our smartphones lays on the current technologies. The most representative example might be the Facebook, which harnesses the Global Position System technology to design the location function to add people nearby. This location function is quite useful for the app users to discover and share more interesting friends and novelty things. Just as the powerful technology adoption, the network effects of Facebook is considerably positive and finally convert a wide range of anonymous users into loyal customers.1483479524791

       Additionally, with digital cameras and internet availabilities in our phones, people are used of taking photos by their own smartphones. It is more convenient and easier for people to capture wonderful moments. A large number of apps focuses on taking and sharing pictures since the emergence of phone cameras. It is worthy to mention the Instagram, which is a fast-growing and quite popular app in our life. People tend to share and find beautiful photos on Instagram, with the new technology in editing pictures and good feedback. So the technology adoption in phone cameras benefits Instagram network effects.

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Representative Characteristics of Digital audience

 

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Understanding and developing your audience is key to success in the digital world. As a result, deep understanding some typical characteristics of the digital audience is much essential. There are various characteristics of the digital audience, such as participatory, interactive, peer–to-peer, creating communities, networked and diversity.  Today,we just analyze the two from these characteristics. 

  • Participatory

Digital audiences tend to participate in creating and spreading news stories, real-time publishing incidents with words description, photos uploading and video recording. However, in the broadcast era, traditional audiences just play a passive role in the process of news production because they can only receive the information via mass media. Compared with professional media, each modern digital audience can be a news reporter and generate some newsworthy content via internet. Over the few years, the traditional one-to-many delivery model has changed to many-to-many communication model. Digital audience have their own ability, right and platforms to create the latest news stories.digital-newspapers-audience

  • Interactive

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Apart form this, most of the net users are likely to share, comment, reuse and active engagement with content, which have shaped a many-to-many delivery model and encouraged interactivity culture. Traditional audiences know little about sharing interesting and meaningful news, commenting and even discussing the content immediately. Fortunately, thanks to technological developments, there is enough interaction between content producers and audience. Today, digital audience can express their views and attitudes and   discuss some topics with other readers or content producers at any time and any places.

 

 

 

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The Role of Media and News Platforms in Electoral Politics

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Do you pay much attention on Facebook or Twitter? Have you made comments on the political issues?

Nowadays,it’s difficult to measure the precise impact of Facebook and other social media platforms on international election system, however, political experts and academics find it hard to deny that Facebook’s global influence is powerful since almost a quarter of people on the world has Facebook accounts.dcd5494c863e2bbd5d380005961ae7a8

With the advent of the diverse media platforms, the media platforms have inherited the role the traditional media on the electoral politics. To a large extent, the mode, process and trend of electoral political activities were changed by Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. The interaction between the candidate and the voters is increasing, and the direct effect of this two-way exchange is that the voters have the opportunity to participate directly in the electoral political activities. On the one hand, the interactive effects that online political expression have increased their interaction and communication. On the other hand, the impartiality of electoral activities has also been guaranteed.

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USA President Obama made a speech during the general election, accusing Facebook and other social media platforms from spreading false news. The US presidential election has thrust Facebook and other media platforms into the spotlight in the digital age, and what’ more, a large number of leaders, advocates and ethnic groups around the world have been facing a lot of false network information and abuse, and they have created the adverse political influence on the real world. Over the years, social networks have largely failed to curb false information. Some conservative governments have closed a number of websites, calling them to spread fake news.  Over the years, Facebook, Google and some other media platforms have not begun to take effective measures to curb this trend.

 

Reference

  • Donath, J 2016, Why fake news stories thrive online, CNN, America, viewed 20 November 2016, < http://edition.cnn.com >
  • Yamamoto, M., Kushin, M. and Dalisay, F. 2015, ‘Social media and mobiles as political mobilization forces for young adults: Examining the moderating role of online political expression in political participation’. New Media & Society, 17, no.6, pp.880-898.
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The history of China’s social media

The history of the Internet is entwined with the history of human communication. From the emergency of e-mail in the 1970s to various APPS and visual websites in modern life, the historical development of “WWW” is closely linked with human development.

damndigital_a-history-of-social-media_cn_cover_2012-12-06China’s social media has changed the means of communicating with others, more and more Chinese people begin to use social media and spend much time in social media. Actually, the development of social media in China in the Web2.0 era has experienced a wide range of stages. And China’s social media development can be divided into three main stages:

A. Early social network – BBS era

Social network originates from BBS in the Web1.0 era. BBS is a point-to-face communication. May 1994, China’s first forum, the dawn of BBS, was established.  The creation of the forum opened a new interactive platform, which can let the general public use the forum and communicate with strangers. End of the World, Mop, West Temple are all typical BBS during that time.1-131114093502F2

B. Leisure and entertainment social network era

Social networking has made considerable progress by leisure and entertainment industry. In 2004, social networking officially entered the Web2.0 era with the emergency of Facebook. Impacted by the development of international social media, there are many social networking products have emerged in China, including video sharing, SNS community and so on. Renren set up in 2005 and Happy set up in 2008 both made a landmark progress about the Chinese social network.

C. Micro-information social network era

August 2009, Sina launched microblog products, which only included 140 words of instant messages, pictures, video and other multimedia means. The function of forwarding and commenting makes this product quickly popular in China. This model has taken the social network into public’ vision.

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The history of China’s social media

The history of the Internet is entwined with the history of human communication. From the emergency of e-mail in the 1970s to various APPS and visual websites in modern life, the historical development of “WWW” is closely linked with human development.

damndigital_a-history-of-social-media_cn_cover_2012-12-06China’s social media has changed the means of communicating with others, more and more Chinese people begin to use social media and spend much time in social media. Actually, the development of social media in China in the Web2.0 era has experienced a wide range of stages. And China’s social media development can be divided into three main stages:

A. Early social network – BBS era

Social network originates from BBS in the Web1.0 era. BBS is a point-to-face communication. May 1994, China’s first forum, the dawn of BBS, was established.  The creation of the forum opened a new interactive platform, which can let the general public use the forum and communicate with strangers. End of the World, Mop, West Temple are all typical BBS during that time.1-131114093502F2

B. Leisure and entertainment social network era

Social networking has made considerable progress by leisure and entertainment industry. In 2004, social networking officially entered the Web2.0 era with the emergency of Facebook. Impacted by the development of international social media, there are many social networking products have emerged in China, including video sharing, SNS community and so on. Renren set up in 2005 and Happy set up in 2008 both made a landmark progress about the Chinese social network.

C. Micro-information social network era

August 2009, Sina launched microblog products, which only included 140 words of instant messages, pictures, video and other multimedia means. The function of forwarding and commenting makes this product quickly popular in China. This model has taken the social network into public’ vision.

wechatvsweibo

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