Applying Visualization in Digital Journalism: An Empirical Study on the New York Times

  • Author / Creator
    Zhang, Jinman
  • Visualization has long been used in journalism to facilitate news storytelling. Media outlets applying visualization techniques in the news articles to communicate information efficiently and intuitively. This thesis aims to explore the way that visualization is applied in digital journalism with the New York Times (NYT) as a study object. By exploring the way to choose and design a visualization format and to incorporate visualizations in news stories, we can have a general idea on how media outlets are using visualization in the news storytelling. The findings reveal, first of all the relationship between the news topic and the visualization format adopted; secondly, the principles of designing visualization in the news article; and finally, the news components that are most represented in visualization. The outcome is expected to provide a direction for media practitioners on how to apply visualization in the visual news report.

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  • Graduation date
    2017-11:Fall 2017
  • Type of Item
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
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    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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  • Institution
    University of Alberta
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  • Department
    • Humanities Computing
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Engel, Maureen (Humanities Computing)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Quamen, Harvey (English and Film Studies)
    • Rockwell, Geoffrey (Humanities Computing)