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Wylie, Holloway and Osborne blog about infographics and photographs in newspapers and online journalism

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By Lucy Osborne

Predictions that online newspapers and magazines will phase out the printed press are worrying enough for us hacks, but could we also face a future where graphs, charts and tables replace the written word?

According to an article by Clare Dwyer Hogg in The Independent last month, this is where we’re heading. Some business magazines have already taken this leap, dispensing of text entirely. At the end of last year, financial glossy, Bloomberg Businessweek published a special “review of the year”  issue, using only infographics to describe the events of the financial year (289 pictures and 61 charts, to be precise).

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By Catherine Wylie

The below graphic is from and was reproduced on The Guardian website. While one of my friends described it as “pretty brilliant and succinct”, I found myself having to spend a little time studying it to fully figure out what it conveyed. However, after not too long, I did grasp it and on this occasion I’d definitely say I’d rather look at this graphic than read any accompanying story.

Very taxing? 'Information is Beautiful' and the Guardian don't think so

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