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Visual network exploration for data journalists

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781351982092
ISBN (Print)9781138283053
Published3 Sep 2018

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Publisher Copyright: © 2019 selection and editorial matter, Tommaso Venturini, Mathieu Jacomy, Liliana Bounegru, and Jonathan Gray. Copyright: Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

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This chapter addresses the difficulty by suggesting a technique for the visual exploration of networks. The trick of force-directed algorithms is all the more remarkable, given that the space of networks is relative rather than absolute and that it is a consequence and not a condition of element positioning. The chapter discusses the visual exploration of networks with the aim of improving the understanding of one of the dominant visual-analytical forms of Journalists’ digital age - the network diagram - and its potential role in relation to the study and practice of digital journalism. It deals with the reflection on the knowledge-making capacities of this technique and how these compare to the insights that journalists have used in the Decodex project - suggesting that visual network exploration is a fertile area for further exploration and collaborations between data journalists and digital researchers.

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