The most useful handmade visualisations date back to the 1600s when people were confronted with a passel of possibilities to make information more meaningful. One can think back to the cartographer, William Smith, who drew the first sketch of Britain in 1815, Francis Galton’s weather map and even Florence Nightingale’s circular area charts that explain the health conditions of British soldiers in 1875.
Larry Strelitz recently spoke to Reg Rumney, Head of the Centre for Economics Journalism in Africa at Rhodes University, about current trends in media convergence. They explored what is meant by the term ‘convergence’ as well as the underlying cultural, technological and economic drivers of the process. Rumney provided examples of the process in practice and also raised concerns that the need to train future journalists in the varied technologies of production may be diverting attention away from the importance of actual content.