Baseball, Money, And The Correct Way To Report News In The Digital Age

This insanely great infographic showed up on Bloomberg today. It’s notable for two reasons: First, it is all sorts of interesting, especially when you start to sort by things other than straight value. Sorting by wins is an especial eye-opener. And two, every dumbfuck editor and publisher in the newspaper biz that still thinks simply re-publishing the content of print editions online is somehow acceptable – read, all of them – needs to be shown this and then slapped in the back of the head repeatedly until they realize that this is how you both report and publish news in the digital age.

Your reporters gather your information with the idea from the start that it will be published visually and interactively. Your designers use visual and interactive features to allow the reader to understand and explore the story behind the data. And then, and only then, do you re-purpose what you can for your dead-tree editions.

Slap, slap, slap.

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