Using tabletop.js, one editor and two researcher, presenter Tasneem Raja of Mother Jones got the remarkable 47% graphic online for Mother Jones in under five hours. If that’s not reason enough for you to try tabletop.js, consider this: Raja says Tabletop has been an absolute “game changer” for the Mother Jones newsroom.
Aside from the advantage of cleaner, more nimble coding this tabletop-spreadsheet loop enables, Raja has become a convert to the process for the added benefits of getting reporters to use Google spreadsheets as a repository for their reporting.
“Everything is data and everything that’s data can be structured,” Raja says. The tabletop.js-Google spreadsheet loop has helped illustrate this point to reporters. It’s fundamentally changed the way the newsroom conceptualizes information. And it’s been used for some darn fine graphical storytelling in the process.