Using Data to Tell a Story

The New York Times compares Usain Bolt to past Olympians as part of the multimedia data story series, “All the Medalists.” Watch below to see just how well today’s 8-year-olds would stack up against Olympians of yore.

This is a prime example of how to use data to tell a story. Infographics are too often over-cluttered, spewing out data, charts, and facts without leaving readers with a concise message. This series from the New York Times (see also 100-meter freestyle and the long jump) succeeds in doing just that in a clear, interesting, and entertaining way.

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