Gramener’s forays into Visual Journalism

Political Visualization in part­ner­ship with Vijay Karanataka (Times Group). 

Having proved the value of data visu­al­iz­a­tions in cor­por­ate decision-making, Gramener ad­vances one step fur­ther in­to Data Driven Journalism by put­ting the power of data visu­al­iz­a­tions in the hands of the pub­lic – giv­ing them im­port­ant yet eas­ily un­der­stood in­sight of the polit­ic­al scen­ario.

Vijay Karnataka, a Daily Kannada news­pa­per (part of TOI group), re­cently pub­lished art­icles over a peri­od of 6 weeks, con­tain­ing Gramener’s visu­al­iz­a­tions that of­fer its read­ers a never-before-experienced level of in­sight in­to im­port­ant as­pects of the State’s polit­ic­al en­vir­on­ment, in­di­vidu­al politi­cians, and the demo­crat­ic en­vir­on­ment it­self.

Effectively the visu­al­iz­a­tions helped people in con­sump­tion of data about at­trib­utes like – wealth pos­sessed by MLA’s, their at­tend­ance to the as­sembly, per­form­ance, ac­cess­ib­il­ity and trust­wor­thi­ness.

Mr. SugataSrinivasaraju – Editor Vijay Karnataka (Karnataka’s No.1 Daily), says: “Facts and fig­ures are sac­red for a news­pa­per. They form the cred­ible core of any pub­lic­a­tion. However, read­ers would con­sume them only when they are presen­ted in an in­ter­est­ing and con­sum­able fash­ion. This elec­tion sea­son, the ex­per­i­ment of visu­al­ising poll data that Vijay Karnataka car­ried out in as­so­ci­ation with Gramener has been a very fruit­ful and re­ward­ing ex­er­cise. We were able to gen­er­ate tre­mend­ous read­er in­terest and re­ac­tion to the many ‘car­to­grams’, ‘scat­ter plots’ and ‘sun bursts’ that we pub­lished over six weeks. This was pos­sible be­cause the visu­al­isa­tions were ac­cess­ible, en­ga­ging and offered a unique in­sight in­to the elec­tions. Besides, they also provided a fu­tur­ist­ic di­men­sion to the big game of demo­cracy.”

The visu­al­iz­a­tion be­low de­picts – the amount of wealth pos­sessed by a can­did­ate, when con­ver­ted to money could block the main gate of the Karnataka Assembly.

Tree map of amount of as­sets across parties.

Below Karnataka map rep­res­ents total as­sets of can­did­ates in each con­stitu­ency.

Musical Sunburst of Attendance per­cent­age of MLA’s

Musical sun­burst rep­res­ent­ing Average score of each MLA for peformance,accessibility and trust­wor­thi­ness based on sur­vey.

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