The Making of

 #FailureFactories

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Fojo Evening Talk

Exciting time

to be a journalist

Exciting?

Rethink how
we tell stories 

How we tell our

most important stories 

How we told #FailureFactories

Results

Allana

Resegregation

The driveway

Thousands

of kids like Allana

A different kind

of story

The challenge: Conventional wisdom

What would

that look like?

Sure — but...

Making data

from our reporting

Dozens of times. Hundreds of times.

Consequences.

Persuading ourselves

Persuading

everyone else

A different

kind of harm

Mental zooming

Traditional story

Digital story

The prequel

A series of charts

Not just

someone’s kid

How

Topics will include:

How we make decisions about UI/UX

Determining what to make based on assets

Benefits of multiple iterations

Digital strategy decisions

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"Prologue" to Failure Factories

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A quick summary...

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The data we had

Test scores

Enrollment

Disciplinary records

Attendance records

Racial demographics

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How do we make all this data accessible to the average person?

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A stepper graphic

Walk people step-by-step through the information.

 

Help them understand all the data

 

MOST IMPORTANT: See the causal relationship between resegregation and these failing schools

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BUT HOW?

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Object constancy

Use animations to draw attention to different patterns within the same data

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Charts for the sake of charts

Has to tell a story

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Iterate. Iterate.

The first solution isn't always the best solution.

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Think about your endgame

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Digital strategy

Hashtags (#FailureFactories)

 

Ability to share from every slide

 

Ability to sign up for email updates at the end of the presentation.

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Game Over

Chart: 250K views

Day 1: 120K views

1000+ email addresses

#FailureFactories trending in Tampa Bay area

Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting

US Dept. of Education Secretary Arne Duncan: "We as adults have failed them."

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Questions?

Fojo Media Institute: Breaking Down #FailureFactories

By Adam Playford

Fojo Media Institute: Breaking Down #FailureFactories

Taking a deep look into the technical decisions behind the Pulitzer Prize winning story and it's viral data visualization.

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