Data journalism maps often look like a "hair ball"

Many times maps produced by data journalism tools look like “hair balls”, argues Stephen Doig, head
of Arizona State University’s Knight Chair in Computer-Assisted Journalism.
A messy hair ball doesn’t tell a story. If there is a pretty map, but if it doesn’t tell a story, it’s a bad map.
“As tools get easier, it is easier to do good stuff – but also bad stuff,” Doig says.


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