People are obsessed with counting medals in the olympics. Mashing the data from the medal tally with other types of data like population or team size. They need something visual because of the popularity and how it needs to be easily understood. The ability to update the data visualisation is important in breaking stories so the audience can always be up to date with the latest data. As soon as you represent something in numbers everyone seems to have an opinion on it and it’s harder to guide the conversation.
The amount of similarities between journalism and data visualisation became apparent through the medal tally graph. The objective is the same, “To tell a story using numbers”.
The ability to engage and explore the data yourself through the interactive graphic data visualisations.