Data viz for all: Creating interactive experiences that are usable, accessible, and mobile-friendly

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Nathaniel Lash of The Philadelphia Inquirer; Julia Smith of Mother Jones; Aaron Williams of The Washington Post; Alex Richards of Syracuse University
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 11 at 9:00am
  • Location: Colorado F
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Alex Richards, IRE/NICAR

We hear a lot of the following during discussions about creating mobile-friendly data-driven experiences: “It’s not possible to make good interactives on mobile.” “It’ll hurt our work on desktop.” “It’s not worth the effort.” “It’s too hard.” One thing is true: Making a news app work well on mobile requires different methodology than is commonly utilized today – but that doesn’t necessarily mean a worse process or an inferior product. In fact, mobile-friendly interactives better serve news audiences, and creating these experiences is possible (and practical!) to do. This session will teach attendees how to better present and share data-driven content on the mobile web. We'll cover the best practices for developing mobile-friendly, accessible data visualizations, which will help news application designers and developers create interactive graphics that work universally and are accessible via assistive technologies like screen readers.

Speaker Bios

  • Nathaniel is a reporter on the Philadelphia Inquirer investigations team who writes code to better understand how government agencies and those in power operate. @nat_lash

  • Alex is an assistant professor at Syracuse University's Newhouse School, where he teaches data journalism. He's a former IRE training director, and he has previously worked as a reporter and editor at the Chicago Tribune, NerdWallet, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Las Vegas Sun, where he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 and shared the Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting. @alexrichards

  • Julia Smith is a developer at Mother Jones and a former OpenNews Fellow. @smythological

  • Aaron Williams is an investigative data reporter who specializes in data analysis and visualization for The Washington Post. Before joining the investigative team he was a reporter for the Post graphics desk. He previously covered housing, campaign finance, police and local politics for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

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