Visual Journalism
for Tiny News Desks



Kaeti Hinck | INN | @kaeti

Jaeah Lee | Mother Jones | @jaeahjlee

Aaron Williams | Center for Investigative Reporting | @aboutaaron


How to do more visual journalism in your newsroom

Sit in on news meetings.

Sit in the newsroom.

Make friends and collaborate.

Spread the gospel.

Be your own project manager.

Divide and conquer.

Check in regularly.

Think mobile first.

Keep it simple.

Break down ambitious projects and iterate.

Avoid ambitious projects with unrealistic deadlines.

Avoid building from scratch.

Sometimes you have to say no.

Not everything has to be a chart.

Automate repetitive tasks.

Document your codeā€”and your reporting.

Embrace doing the crazy shit (sometimes).

Look to the community.

Newsroom Examples

How we've put these tips to work

INN's Power Players

The Evolution of Maps at Mother Jones

CIR Example


A few of our favorites

(See tipsheet for all of our favorites)