widely used by journalists
, and was created by journalists, to
Enrich your stories with charts, maps, and tables.
- It’s (there is a paid plan but it targets larger organisations)
- It provides well
designed and sensible defaults making it easy to create a good-looking chart
- Charts will
continue online is you close your account
- - well worth reading to get you started thinking about what makes a good chart
Datawrapper has been seen in the wild in the New Zealand Herald,
and The Spinoff.
So it’s a useful skill to have in the New Zealand market.
(Yes I know these examples are slightly misleading - exactly why is left as an exercise for the reader)
Get the data to Datawrapper
- You can just upload - or even
copy-paste - your data into Datawrapper
- But Figure.NZ +
/data.csv lets us use Datawrapper’s
Link external dataset feature
Check & Describe
- Click through to the tab
Check & Describe tab is often where things go wrong
But the easiest way to see if they are correct is just to carry on
- As the prompt says make sure your dates are green and your numbers are blue
Head back to
Check & Describe and look for columns called
Cell X and
The Datawrapper extract includes some meta-data to keep track of where the data came from.
And head back to the
That looks more like it
- Getting the data into a chart is
- There are things to play with the improve the visual appearance of your chart
- Or to make it worse or misleading
focus on your words first
- should readers look at this chart?
- story is the chart telling?
The finished product