In chapter 8, Briggs mentions that data can be used for almost any piece of journalism. We don’t typically use data in journalistic writing unless it is for some kind of statistic or census, so this statement came as a surprise to me. We also tend to think of data as a visual aid, but Briggs says it actually tells a story. Datasheets also help one to organize thoughts and stories before putting them on paper. Data is becoming more and more widespread and important, thus making it important for journalists to know how to use and read it.

Maps and map mashups are helpful tools for showing the readers where something took place, is taking place, or is happening in comparison to somewhere else. Instead of just reading about the event, the audience can also reference the map as a visual aid. Briggs also mentions GPS systems built into smart phones. This device is making it easier for people to see where they are; in this case, it enables them to know where they are in reference to events they are reading about in pieces like newspaper articles and other styles of journalism.


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