Infographic Analyses

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Story 1: Bankers Call for Wider Measures to Stem Crisis

In a New York Times article, by Jack Ewing, it was stated that “through emergency lending to commercial banks or large purchases of government bonds, central banks in the United States, Europe, and other developed countries have more than doubled the money that they have at risk in the last decade; the sum equals about 30 percent of global economic output, or $18 trillion.”

For this article, I was confused as to how the information was flowing and what the purpose of the article was. I started thinking about ways in which the information could be grouped together to better separate ideas and solutions.

I believe an instructive graphic would work best for the article, in both print and online formats. The top of the infographic would feature the first quote I mentioned, highlighting the problem of the world banking systems.

The middle section of the infographic would feature the steps to improving world banking system relations and prevention of future debts. The first step would focus on the banks, making sure they are solid and not putting weights on sovereigns. The banks should be “able to support real economic activity.”

Arrows would be placed in between the steps, with the final step being “a Pan-European financial market and a Pan-European central bank require a Pan-European banking system.”

The last section of the instructive infographic would include the statement “at its root the European crisis is a potential harbinger, a virulent and advanced convergence of the problem to be expected elsewhere if policy fails to break the vicious cycles generated by global weaknesses.”

Story 2: Heart Device Might be Useless for Women

An ABC News article by Peggy Peck in 2009 discussed the issue with heart devices being unnecessarily implanted in women. These devices, as Peck stated, are “implantable cardioverter defibrillators or ICDs, used to prevent sudden cardiac death in patients with advanced heart failure. The purpose of ICDs is to regulate the pumping of blood, a process damaged by heart attacks or heart disease in both men and women.

As I was reading this story, I did not think that an infographic could be created to retell the story or focus on one main point within it. By the end, however, I realized that I would have understood the story much better if one was embedded to use as a reference of information.

I think a data visualization graphic could work best for this story, as many bits of information were heavily research based and included statistics. I would focus on the disparity of studies highlighting women with heart issues rather than men. These studies are obviously needed, since so many women have be unnecessarily implanted with ICDs.

The top of my infographic would layout the definition of an ICD and what it is used for. The middle would contain various men and women figures filled, based on percentages, of statistical information, such as “8.6 of every 1,000 women who meet criteria for ICD for primary prevention of sudden cardiac death receive a device within a year of diagnosis versus 32.3 of every 1,000 men with the same diagnosis,” as Peck mentioned.

The last section of the infographic would have various ratio visualizations of information such as “one would need to treat 40 women with ICDs to save a single life, versus treating 12 men with ICDs to save a life.”

This type of infographic could be used for both print and online purposes, but it would be more interesting for hovering statistics to appear in the online format.

Infographic Types

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The Multimedia Journalist, a text by Jenniffer George-Palilonis, discusses various aspects of multimedia storytelling and how important multimedia is in our society today. I have recently been learning about information graphics, or ‘infographics’ as most people call them.

According to George-Palilonis, there are five types of information graphics, which are leveraged by professionals today; they include Instructives, Narratives, Simulations, Journalistic Games, and Data Visualizations. I have found a few examples of some of these types and will discuss why they are categorized in this manner.

Instructive (M&M’s)

Instructive M&M

This M&M graphic is categorized as an instructive because of the details included about how M&M’s are produced and packaged. The sequential steps clearly identified are a sure sign of an instructive property, as well as the presence of both visual and textual elements. A person is guided from the initial molding process to the very last step of an individual buying the candy. The title of each step is explained more thoroughly by the addition of an image depicting the action being taken. I did not have a clue what panning was, but the descriptive text along with the image allowed me to understand the process. Viewers have the opportunity to control the pace at which the information on the graphic is consumed. Instructive graphics are a great asset for professionals in need of a logical promotion but have limited resources to produce it. I learned more than I thought I would from this simple and easy to understand infographic.

Simulation (Blood Typing Game)

Blood Typing

This Blood Typing simulation is highly immersive for viewers and models the real-world equivalent process of testing blood types. In the simulation an individual is allowed to pick a patient, take the patient’s blood, and then test the blood for a successful blood transfusion. Now, I am not exactly a doctor, but I saved my patient’s life, while learning about blood types and matches. The reason why this concept works as a simulation more than an instructive is because of the multiple ‘if, then’ scenarios involved in blood typing. The consumer is in control of either saving or killing his or her patient through either careful consideration of options or lack of attention to detail.

Data Visualization (Music Genres)

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The music genre data visualization infographic above displays the amount of plays a radio station conducted of specific artists and music genres. This is one of the more interesting types of this category of infographic that I could find. Data visualization graphics use unique, creative designs, which turn data into descriptive art. The audience must always be kept in mind when creating data visualization graphics. For example, older generations may find this graphic confusing and hard to understand the purpose. As for me, I was attracted to the unique design at first, but then was pulled into consuming the information, which is the purpose of data visualization graphics.

Life & Culture in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong has a unique culture, and residents follow a distinct lifestyle. The only way to truly experience the life and culture of Hong Kong is to visit, so start planning now for a trip you will never forget.

Spring Break as a Lady Tiger Lead Exercises

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Summary Leads

Who: The Olivet Nazarene University Lady Tigers golf team traveled to Orlando, Fl for spring break earlier this March.

What: A spring break trip full of golf, service, and tradition was taken by Olivet’s women’s golf team.

When: The beginning of March was eventful for the ONU Lady Tigers golf team, as they spent a week down in the sunshine state for their spring break golf trip. Though only lasting five days, the ladies believed the trip was too short.

Where: Orlando, Fl was the home of Bourbonnais’s ONU women’s golf team for spring break. The girls played at various courses, but their main competition of the week was located at the LPGA International Golf Course in Daytona, an experience none of them will forget.

Why: As a way to practice in some nicer weather than Illinois has to offer, the ONU women’s golf team spent their spring break in Orlando, Fl for a few days full of practice, volunteering, and fulfilling traditions.

How: While most Olivet athletic teams travel to their spring break destinations by bus, the Lady Tigers golf team is small enough to be able to fly to their destination each year. The flights are early, but the time saved by flying instead of driving is worth the few hours of sleep lost, the girls say.

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Blind: A team from Olivet Nazarene University experienced life changes on their spring break trip.

Umbrella: As a result of the various directions Olivet sports teams travel in for spring break, the athletes have an opportunity to share multiple stories and perspectives.

Identification of impact: Kankakee County could be changed if the acts of service athletes engaged in over spring break were carried out in the local community.

Anecdotal: Coach Bill Johnson tends to be a very serious man. However, during his team’s spring break trip to Florida, Coach Johnson let loose and showed his fun side to the young ladies during their volunteer day at Give Kids the World Village.

Descriptive: Each year, six individuals and two coaches of the Olivet Nazarene University women’s golf team embarks on a spring break trip to Orlando, Fl. The trip traditionally consists of golf, volunteer work, and traditions. This year, the ladies expressed their trip as full of hard work, fun, and life changing experiences. The team will share those experiences with the rest of their team, as well as friends and family.

Quotation: “As a team, we grew closer to Christ and closer to each other… granted all of us were not there, but they were with us in spirit; now it is time to make sure we bring the rest of our team into the circle of blessing we all experienced,” Coach Bill Johnson said of his team after their spring break trip to Orlando, Fl. The trip consisted of practicing and volunteer opportunities.

When 2 Classes Collide

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What did I get myself into? If you are a communications major, you can relate to this question, which most of us seem to ask ourselves throughout the semester. With countless group projects and meetings filling up the free time I may happen to have throughout the week, I would be the first person to admit communications was not exactly what I expected.

At times, I want to throw in the towel and give up on all responsibilities, which accompany both of my majors. However, there are certain times, such as the end of a successful group project, which make me realize I am right where I am supposed to be: a “commie” at Olivet.

The most unique experience I have had in the communications department at ONU is the overlap in content of multiple classes at one time. For example, I am involved with Inspired Strategies Agency, a student-run PR firm on campus, which I have leveraged for my most recent Multimedia Storytelling course.

My team for Agency was given the task of planning a community networking event on campus, “Lucky Connections,” which my Multimedia team used for the subject of a multimedia story package. Check it out here!

I learned many practical lessons about working with people of varying talents and creativity levels throughout this project. As one of the planners of the event, I wanted certain items in the story package to look how I envisioned them in my mind. However, some of my teammates offered better ideas, which made the project more appealing overall.

The best part about this project was the fun we had making the promotional videos. As you all know very well, where there is a polished video, there is an unpolished blooper reel, and boy did we have one! While the outtakes were one of my favorite parts of the project, I wish my team and I would have made the videos more polished, perhaps writing out a script instead og winging it…

I have also learned throughout this process that the many interests or responsibilities one may have could all come together to make something great, such as a multimedia story package as in my case. I will continue to look for connections throughout my various classes and try to connect them in some manner, as I learn more by experiencing a concept in multiple facets.

This first multimedia story package is meant to give a background story of the co hosted community networking event between the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce and Olivet Nazarene University students, with promotional tie-ins for this year’s March 16, 2017 event. My team’s final project will be an expansion of the first package with additional media from this year’s event and interviews with attendees.

As a member of two teams who have worked countless hours planning and promoting the Lucky Connections networking event, I could not be more proud of both groups for coming together for one unforgettable experience!

 

Melody Alexander Reflection

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My Multimedia Storytelling course this semester is one of my most interesting courses, simply because I am not as experienced with photography and video as I am with writing. I will admit the course is taking me out of my comfort zone quite a bit, but I am so intrigued and ready to learn all I can from it.

One of the great things about this course is the fact that we get the opportunity to interview professionals who specialize in multimedia storytelling. What better way to learn about the ins and outs of this area than  talking with people who do it each day?

Last week, Melody Alexander, marketing strategist for the university of Kansas, spoke to our class about her multimedia storytelling experience at the school. The most interesting part of her presentation, to me, was her discussion of the KU- A Legacy Born from Ashes video to promote the university. The video had emotional appeals for those that have not heard of the school, as well as appeals to those attending and alumni.

The video seemed to really encompass the spirit of the school, which is a tactic I would love to learn for my course projects and future career opportunities.

I wish I could have learned more about the Rhode Scholar section of the Chancellor’s Report, which Melody worked on. The report seemed so interesting and something any type of viewer would be captured by emotionally. Melody talked about the interviewing process of the young woman featured, and I took a lot of what she said as advice for my upcoming project.

I will be interviewing professionals for my multimedia storytelling final project in a video format, so seeing the strategies Melody’s team had in place, as well as how she collaborated with other professionals was quite helpful.

Overall, I learned a lot of valuable lessons from Melody’s experiences with multimedia, and I cannot wait to start diving into this project.