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Visualizing the News | Megan Taylor

Megan Taylor

front-end dev, volunteacher, news & data junkie, bibliophile, Flyers fan, sci-fi geek and kitteh servant

Visualizing the News

Article Skimmer

Article Skimmer

A while ago I wrote about the Article Skimmer interface that the New York Times had developed.


Times Wire

Times Wire

Those people just don’t quit – the Times Wire was recently launched to provide a constantly updating “river of news,” including pictures.


This comes in the wake of a few other news visualization updates:

Google News Timeline

Google News Timeline

Google’s News Timeline searches multiple data sources and places the results in chronological order, allowing the user to scroll, drag or click through the evolution of a topic.


Google News

Google News

Google News has also been redesigned, with more videos and photos on section pages and some clutter clean-up.


Old Newsmap

Old Newsmap

The Newsmap, by Marcos Weskamp, also received an update recently.


New in Newsmap, from the blog:

  • rectangularized treemap layout: To accommodate text properly, cells are as rectangular as possible, this there’s more room for headlines without chopping them off in several lines.
  • search as you type: try the new search on the top right, see how newsmap updates.
  • deep linking: you can now deep link to any state of the app. just try updating your view, and notice how the url changes. You can grab and share that url with anyone.
New Newsmap

New Newsmap

I really like these different ways of seeing news. They are each targeted toward a purpose: seeing the most recent news, seeing news from different sources or seeing news over time.

What other news visualizations are out there? Which do you prefer? Or, do you prefer to browse through news Web sites instead?

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