Digital journalism is increasingly used to help tell the story, thanks to more and more people turning to the internet for their source of news. For our Professional Portfolio news day, I was allocated the position of digital journalist. This meant that I was responsible with finding statistics linked to the Budget and creating charts, graphs or graphics to compliment the live feed.
Twitter was an essential tool for knowing what was being said about the Budget as and when it happened. Using twitter I became aware of the plans for the new pound coin to be released in 2017. I then searched for various stories on the new coin, which was to be announced on Budget day. I found numerous stories that included polls asking the public their opinion on the coin. Using the data from these polls I was able to create a pie chart illustrating what percentage of the British public was in favour of the dodecahedron coin.
Results from a poll asking: do you like the new pound coin?
For my second article including Digital journalism I wanted to create an infographic that was completely different to the pie chart. I then started to research the costs of living and various surveys that outlined public opinion on high costs of living. I decided that an effective way of displaying the information was a proportionate, population infographic. Below is the article produced alongside the infographic I created on an online infograph creator.
Budget 2014:Cost of Living
Consumers want Coalition Government to bring down energy prices
New research by Survation shows a fall in UK worker’s wages against the cost of living. The survey was released the day before the Chancellor addresses the house of commons for 2014′s budget.
According to Nicholas Barker, a researcher from Survation, energy prices are the biggest worry when it comes to the cost of living; “There is strong public desire for government action with almost 4 out 5 people agreeing with the idea that the coalition Government should do more to bring down energy prices”.
According to a Daily Mail survey conducted in April 2013, over 50% of respondents were worried about not being able to pay their energy bills, an issue likely to be addressed by Chancellor George Osbourne in this year’s budget.
From the Budget newsday I learned how effective infographics are to portray statistics. Reproducing hard statistics into more digestible graphics is valuable to not overwhelm the reader. More often than not, news articles are inundated with countless figures and percentages and soon become lost in the meaningless information. Digital journalism is an effective way of showcasing information so that it’s easy on the eye and at the same time, easy to comprehend.