Comparing Graphics from The Guardian and The New York Times: A Project by Marije Rooze


Marije Rooze, a Master of New Media student at the University of Amsterdam, recently created an impressive database of 291 interactive graphics from the New York Times and the Guardian. The project is based on a thesis that assumes “that the production of interactive news graphics differs at [the newspapers] and that the graphics themselves are, as a result, clearly distinct.”

Screenshot: Interactive News Graphics (1 November, 2012)

Rooze (26) conducted a content analysis of 156 graphics, expecting to find “significant differences between the two news organizations.” What she actually found was quantitatively fewer differences than expected. In fact, it turned out that the only significant difference was that the Guardian “has a higher form of collaboration and a more open approach than the New York Times.”

The dataset used to conduct the research is available on the website, inviting further research and analysis. Alternatively you can click here. Rooze ends the analysis with a quote from Edward Tufte (1997:74):

“When everything (background, structure, content) is emphasized, nothing is emphasized; the design will often be noisy, cluttered and informationally flat.”