Interactive Data Visualization for Journalists using Wordpress

Faculty Advisor: David Karger
Contact e-mail: karger@mit.edu
Research Area(s): Graphics and Human-Computer Interfaces
There's a new movement in journalism to incorporate rich data visualization in news stories, but many journalists lack that skills to create their own "news apps" for this purpose. We've prototyped a data visualization framework, Datapress (Link ) to support authoring (not programming) such visualizations in Wordpress, a popular platform for journalism. Your job is to flesh out this prototype. This will involve a cyclic process of contacting and working with journalists to support their use of Datapress, discovering what improvements need to be made to enhance the value of the tool, and implementing those improvements to the Datapress platform.