DJ Showcase: Scroll.in (22 August 2014)

This one chart tells you everything you need to know about the state of Indian cricket

In yet another brilliant data journalism story, Scroll.in tells us the problem of Indian cricket in just one chart. Of course, you will appreciate the analysis a little better, if you are above 40. The chart shows that the cribbing that the 40-pluses do about T20 ruining test cricket may actually be right.

This chart is the gist of the story, This one chart tells you everything you need to know about the state of Indian cricket. 

Well, the chart pretty much tells you the entire story, if you know basics of cricket.   We like the story because of a number of reasons.

  1. It is application of data journalism in an area that that interests a large section of people in India. The story puts to rest a debate: whether or not the glamorous T20 format is impacting test cricket.  Whats more, it is extremely topical in the wake of India’s disastrous test series in England.
  2. You do not have to read the text at all. If you are tuned in to contemporary cricket, you get the story right away from the chart.
  3. It busts the myth that you need a lot of data analysis in the background to produce a good data journalism story. In this case, it is just simple addition, which a class II student can do.

In our showcase series on good data journalism stories, Scroll.in has clearly come out on top so far, even though it does not claim to be a data journalism site per se. It proves what DataJourno believes as its core philosophy: a good data journalism story must be a good story first. How much of data it contains or how great the visualization looks are not what determine the quality of a data journalism story.

 

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