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Data visualization with charts

As journalists present more data visually, charts take on more importance.  Charts can help readers make sense of data sets by either allowing them to compare data points visually or show generalized trends and patterns.  What to use where?  These sites can help kick start your process and help you get beyond the classic pie chart.

  • Quickly make visual sense of your data with downloadable Excel and Powerpoint templates from JuiceAnalytics. 
  • The Chart Chooser from the Extreme Presentation Method helps you figure out what kind of chart you need.  Its cousin, the Slide Chooser, can help you navigate Powerpoint.
  • Servino Ribecca's Data Visualisation Catalogue provides clear rationales for using various charts and graphs.  Don't know where to start?  Click on search by function and select the relationship you are getting at with the data.
  • From policyviz.com, the Graphic Continuum, which is a poster (for sale) of 90 different graphics across five main categories: Distribution, Time, Comparing Categories, Geospatial, Part-to-Whole, and Relationships.  Also, from policyviz.com, a resource listing of data visualization style guides (free).

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