QUIZ: Do you feel what others feel?
Entry type: Single project
Publishing organisation: Just myself, Karthik Muthuswamy – journalism student.
Organisation size: Small
Publication date: 2022-08-13
Authors: Karthik Muthuswamy
I used an illustration from a friend at the time and a collegue now – Gunilla Hagström
Karthik Muthuswamy is a freelance data journalist and a software developer based in Stockholm. He is a lifelong learner and has a passion for writing. After working in tech for a decade, he recently studied for a Master’s in Data journalism to explore the possibilities of using technology in storytelling.
He now creates interactive visual stories using his skills in storytelling and technology.
This story explains what people worldwide have been feeling in 2021, based on Gallup’s World Happiness Report. In addition, it also lets people explore further.
I used a quiz, a gamification technique, to challenge the readers to compare themself with others. I personalised the quiz using the registrational interactivity technique by inviting the users to choose & compare with others in their country.
Following the quiz, I used a scrorytelling to tell the story. I highlighted several findings from the survey while guiding the users on how they can explore more – which they could at the end of the story.
It was a part of a project for the MA data journalism course i was studying.
It was my first article as a journalist that got attention on the internet. I haven’t been able to **measure** the project’s impact on the community – but it inspired me to do more things for data jounralism.
Fast forward to now, i’m currently building a data jounralism startup in Sweden which will be launched soon, here: https://explained.media and the mission is to explain Europe inclusively and visually using data jounralism.
With this startup, I hope to inspire other journalists and make a larger impact on the (under-represented) community and other journalists.
I have also shared the techniques of this article on [Nightingale magazine](https://nightingaledvs.com/spotlight-do-you-feel-what-others-feel/).
Four interactivity techniques: personalisation, gamification, scrollytelling and explore section.
Tools and technologies: Flourish and Scrollama.
Context about the project:
Among these factors, i would say innovative technologies and the editorial decsions. I used a Flourish templates – so, the technology isn’t sophisticated in anyway. But i surprised myself when i turned a survey dataset intro a quiz and a scrolly, the audience I spoke to had spent time and engaged with the dataset.
In addition, i want to add resource constraints. As a student, working alone, and against a project deadline, there are many constraints. Most importantly, it was the amount of time. I created and published the story within a day I came across the data release.
What can other journalists learn from this project?
The main lesson i want to share is that it doesn’t need a lot of time, energy and other sophisticatied resources that is avaiable in big news rooms, to create engaging stories. A young-amateur-individual jouranlist can come quite far with free and open-source tools.