Key takeaways from #NewsVis presentations

Here are some of my top notes and ideas from the first session I attended

Nicholas Diakopoulos, Columbia 
Premise “social media is people” building trust with sources, proximate, time relevant
Unofficial source credibility grows with influence in the convo

Sergio Goldenberg, GT
“CMS are the worst thing that has happened to news” suggests they limit presentation possibilities, that visualizations come through other tools embedded into cms

Deok Gun Park, Purdue
Promotion of discussion v paradox of choice: hypothesis that more is better, but too many choices yields info overload

Ramik Sadana, GT
Found participants they used a variation of gestures for single purposes, but also didn’t tend to try new gestures
Traditional method of coping with touchscreen is “enlarge and optimize” but that uses too many menus

Sara Quinn, Poynter
Tablet users prefer horizontal configuration
Found people liked that editors made judgement about what is important
Carousel display was surprisingly popular (50%), but others found it overwhelming and disorganized

— Phil Tenser, KMGH

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