Last week I wrote about the Notable Names Database, an interactive network diagram that allows you to explore the connection between all kind of famous people. Of course you can do the same with stories in the news. Slade Magazine did exactly that. News Dots visualizes the connections between recent topics in the news as a giant social network. Subjects are represented by circles that are connected if they appear together in at least two stories. The size of the dot is proportional to the total number of times the subject is mentioned. Clicking a circle reveals the stories that mention them. Be sure to also check some other experiments in the Slade Labs of multimedia journalism (via).
After the nice video portrait of the graphic department of the New York Times in July and the very inspiring TED-talk by David McCandless in August, September brings us the ultimate video about telling stories with data. Geoff McGhee, who worked at The New York Times, ABCNews.com, and Le Monde Interactif, spent a year at Stanford University studying data visualization. The result: a must-see interactive documentary about Journalism in the Age of Data.