Infographics can really add a lot to how information is displayed. Instead of researchers just simply listing the data they collected, most create infographics to help to convey their point. (Here are the basics)

Some of the many things to keep in mind while constructing an infographic are to be concise, visual, creative, self-explanatory, relevant and accurate. If your graphic does not possess one or some of these qualities, you risk not grabbing the reader’s interest. The main point of an infographic is to visualize the information and organize it into a picture of come sort so it is easier for consumers to understand. If this picture is too complicated for a reader, they may overlook it entirely and not bother reading any of your data at all. Pretend that you need to make a kindergardener understand what you’re trying to say.

Topics such as employee salaries, test scores, populations, and surveys are some types of data driven stories journalists may need to cover. The use of infographics in visual journalism, such as in print and TV broadcasting, is huge. Graphs and charts of all different kinds can be utilized by journalists to convey their story to a massive amount of people.

Another topic discussed in class on 3/21 was radio and tips on how to report and use equipment. The main thing to remember when gathering information is to make sure that the POWER IS ON. There is nothing worse than having the best interview you’ve ever done and realizing after that you forgot to press record or turn the power on. Some of the different kinds of audio that journalists can use are interviews, podcasts, audio slideshows, breaking news, and voice overs on video. Remember, when recording audio it is important to gather natural sound, be careful of what you say, choose a good location for recording and prepare the interviewee. When recording voice overs, write a script to read from so your words flow smoothly, warm up your voice, use operative words and active voice, and do it over as many times as it takes to get it right (if you have time!)

Here are some technical tips for recording audio

I really like radio so these tips will help me along the road when I need to professionally record audio. Also, learning about infographics and making a few of my own will benefit me because I will need to use them later on in my studies and possibly after I graduate.

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