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

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By Francesca Holloway

The Guardian has produced a infographic that promises to make the popular uprisings and revolutions sweeping the Middle East easier to follow.

The timeline begins on December 17, when Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in Tunisia, and runs up to today.

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By Catherine Wylie

The below graphic is from www.informationisbeautiful.net 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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By Catherine Wylie

In today’s Guardian online, readers can imagine very clearly the scene before the bombs went off on the Circle line train carriages at both Edgware and Aldgate stations through the usage of interactive infographics.

Click here and here for the relevant web pages.

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By Francesca Holloway

Last weekend Wikileaks released its Iraq war logs, which contained around 391,000 secret field reports. Simon Rogers, editor of The Guardian’s data journalism blog, suggested that the new data meant the Iraq war could now be the most recorded war in history. What is so significant about this war is the huge number of deaths, the majority of which were civilians, since 2003.

In response to the new data and an attempt to make sense of the huge quantity of data, The Guardian created an interactive map to record every death in Iraq according to the Wikileaks war logs.

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By Catherine Wylie

When you flick through a newspaper with infographics on your mind you suddenly realise how often they are incorporated into news stories and just how useful they are to the reader. As page furniture, they break up the page, making it more appealing to the eye and providing information quickly and effectively. Infographics are the readers’ entry into a story as the eye will glance over the headline and then move to the accompanying colourful and compact graphic. As this is such a natural reaction, it is easy to forget that infographics exist at all, unless you have a newspaper in front of you.

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