Friday, August 19, 2016

Miami Herald's Zika virus tracker

When writing about visualization, infographics, and data journalism it's easy to highlight just special projects by large organizations that take weeks or months to complete, and forget about the bread-and-butter ones about current topics, which are often much less flashy, but also much more relevant and useful to people.

Miami Herald's Zika virus tracker belongs to the second category. It's a straightforward series of graphics —a large map plus some graphs— produced by a tiny group of earnest professionals. We should give this kind of team more credit and attention than they usually get. They haven't forgotten that journalism is, above all, service, not entertainment.