Chapter 9: Information Graphics

EX. 1

Story One


print: I think it would be good to have a chart/diagram that illustrates the amount of money at risk, and how it the monetary risk has grown over time.

It would also be cool to have a map with pin points for the central banks that are having issues in developed countries.

online: I would also have that said map for the online version, however, make the pins click-able, so that when they are clicked they provide more information about the location and amount of money that is at risk for that location specifically.

There could also be a narrative to explain the economic process of banks and emergency lending, and how that affects the economy.

Story Two


print: Similarly, there would need to be diagrams show casing the statistics and numbers of not only the actual rate of women/men helped by the device, but the women to men ratio for the trials themselves. This will allow the information be more easily understood.

web: I would use the same diagrams listed above, except that they would be in a slideshow format, where you click from one to another.

A narrative to explain why gender difference is needed in studies, and how it negatively impacted the trials of this particular heart device.

Also, it would be really neat to have a simulation both male and female hearts, and have the hearts start to have failure, and be able to click through the process of how an ICD would help a man’s heart, more so than it would a women’s.

Ex. 2:

Search for Graphic


 This one from web MD (click here) instructs a person on the most effective types of exercise. It is instructive, and has a slideshow to click through. It could of been even better had it showcased a gif that instructed you though the particular exercise as well.


These are among the easiest to come by, although some are really long and not made for web content (example). This being said, it is fairly easy to come across short, fun ones to watch examples [1] , [2].

I think the shorter ones obviously take the cake, and generally the shorter the better. The one about the human brain I found preferable, because it had a more pleasant voice to listen to. The graphics among them all are relatively equal in aesthetics.


This is a fun concept to play with, because items are so click-able. Example [1]

I think this particular one is cool because it’s very informational, and shows some things that you might not other wise see.

Journalistic Game

Immediately when I consider journalistic games, I think of the quizzes that give you an answer dependent upon what you choose.

Such a zombie survival quiz or one of cosmos many lifestyle quizzes.

I think that both kinds have their merit, while both are mostly based of assumptions (and are not necessarily factual). However, it is easy to make, can relate easily to an article, and people love taking them.

Data visualization: 

For this I used a website that shows various rankings by city in Virginia (from schools to crime), and you can click on whichever cities you want to learn more about. It also lets you see which areas of cities are safest as well.

The downside to the site is to see the actual numbers/statistics, you have to pay for subscription.


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repurposed by: A.C.Huff

Food Policy Protest at Turkle Hill

Students prepare to stage protest for unhealthy food policies in Turkle Hill dormitory on Friday, June 31.

Turkle Hill resident said on the matter, “The menu in that dorm is just meat, meat, meat.”

According to Dover, Turkle’s 200 residents were fed more than 160, 000 hamburgers last year while eating just 1,000 pounds of carrots. This averages out to one carrot being eaten per 160 burgers.

The event begins at noon on Friday, June 31, outside Turkle Hill cafeteria.

Homework Challenges

For many students, finding a way to finish their homework within a certain time frame at a higher standard can be challenging.

Stephen Dawson, assistant religion and philosophy professor, said, “[Students believe] everything can be done in a relatively compressed amount of time.”

Other professors said they agree that student procrastination and incomplete assignments undermine student’s potential. Some professors said they believe students should take care to utilize their resources more frequently.

Ashley Thompson, assistant professor of sociology, said, “I’ve always gone by the standard one hour of class should equal three hours of work outside of class.”

Some of the students tend to agree with the professors.

Sophomore Kelly Holland said, “You come to class prepared. They don’t spoon feed you.”

“They expect us to do things without being told.” said sophomore Jordan Seeley, “They expect us to get help from other places behind them.”

Above all, professors said they want to see students succeed and enjoy their studies.

Alumni Donations

Lynchburg College’s seniors are asked to donate to school after graduation through the pledge campaign. The campaign has combined the efforts of the Alumni Office, Annual Fund, and SERVE office on campus.

Senior Class President Melissa Richards said, “This change was made in an effort to increase senior participation in these campaigns.”

According to Richards, thus far, the graduating class has generated more support than usual for the fund. Out of the 499 graduates, over 100 signatures have been collected.

Bethany White, a senior participating in the campaign, said that she, “is eager to give back to the LC community and future students.”

The money collected by the Annual Fund from the pledge directly benefits the school, helping fund scholarships, equipment, and materials for campus.

Click to find out more about the annual fund.

St. Patricks Day ReWrite

Rewritten by A.C. Huff

Saint Patrick The Saint Of Ireland Religion Essay

Published: 23, March 2015

Saint Patrick is internationally known as the saint of Ireland. Most people don’t know the true history behind Saint Patrick, and only think of Saint Patrick’s Day as a day for fun. Even historians have trouble uncovering the truth about Saint Patrick.

Saint Patrick’s early years are also a mystery to us. However, we do know that when he was about sixteen he was kidnapped and sold as a slave in Ireland.

Saint Patrick is known worldwide as the saint of Ireland, but he is the saint of much more. His patronages include engineers, excluded people, ophidiophobics (people who have a fear of snakes) and Nigeria. He is the patron saint against snakes and snake bites of many dioceses. For example he is the patron saint of the dioceses of New York City, New York; Ottawa, Ontario; Erie, Pennsylvania; and the archdioceses of Norwich, Connecticut; Dromore, Ireland and Burlington, Vermont. His representations include the shamrock, snakes, the cross, harps, demons, baptismal fonts, purgatory, a bishop driving snakes before him, and a bishop trampling snakes. Saint Patrick’s Feast Day is on March 17 because that was when Saint Patrick is believed to have died (Catholic Online).

Saint Patrick was canonized before the institution of the modern investigations performed by the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints (Jones). Before the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, saints were canonized by local bishops, prelates, or patriarchs. Due to being canonized before the institution of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, the date on which he was canonized is unavailable.

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According to Jones, St. Patrick states in his Confession, “I came to the Irish people to preach the Gospel and endure the taunts of unbelievers, putting up with reproaches about my earthly pilgrimage, suffering many persecutions, even bondage, and losing my birthright of freedom for the benefit of others. If I am worthy, I am ready also to give up my life, without hesitation and most willingly, for Christ’s name. I want to spend myself for that country, even in death, if the Lord should grant me this favor. It is among those people that I want to wait for the promise made by Him, who assuredly never tells a lie. He makes this promise in the Gospel: ‘They shall come from the east and west and sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’ This is our faith: believers are to come from the whole world,” (Jones).

Work Cited

Catholic Online. Saint Patrick. Catholic Online. 2010. Web. 16 Nov. 2010.

Delaney, John J. Dictionary of Saints. New York: Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1980. Print.

Jones, Terry H. Saint Patrick. Star Quest Production Network. 9 Aug. 2010. Web. 16 Nov. 2010

O’Keeffe, Christine. Legends of Saint Patrick. Tartan Place. 18 Feb. 2004. Web. 15 Jan. 2010.

OSA SnowFlex Excursion

Lynchburg College Office of Student Activities recently provided students with the opportunity to go off campus to the Snow flex Center. Located at Liberty Mountain, the SnowFlex center offers individuals with the chance to ski, snowboard, and tube year-round due to it’s use of synthetic material which reacts like snow. The OSA trip had around fifteen people in all, most of which had never tried snow sports before.

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Office of Student Activities’ Sarah Bias said in reference to the trip, “I think the people that went had a personal experience because they tried something new, which was cool for them.”

Of the individuals that attended the trip, many siezed the opportunity to try snowboarding for the first time.

First time snowboarder Sarah Irby said on her experience, “I stood for 20 minutes before my mom convinced me to try it. I thought it was cool, and I should probably go more often to get better.”

Video of Sarah Irby and Jasmine Brodgen’s attempt below.

Click to find out more upcoming events hosted by Lynchburg’s Office of Student Activities.

Written by A.C. Huff

Southern Music Weekend Getaway

Not far away from the Lynchburg college campus, Americana and bluegrass music is easy to find. While there are many local places, among the most popular is Floyd Country Store in Floyd, Virginia. Located just over two hours away, the store encompasses a variety of platforms for people to enjoy a southern style of music. You can browse a selection of rare c-ds, or listen to bands play live during events like Friday Night Jamborees. This place (as well as other local locations along the ‘Crooked Road’) has become a local hotspot, and has been featured in the New York Times.


Morgan Wade Band live at the Floyd Country Store. Photo : Andra Blatt.

Morgan Wade (21), a local musician who’s played live at the Country store said, “This store has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Every Friday night I would come listen to music for hours with my grandparents. It has a special feeling it gives me when I walk inside.”

She then goes on to say what makes the venue special, “It’s a small stage built for acoustic instruments, and there is no alcohol served there, so that makes a difference in the crowd. The crowd that is there is very interactive and they are there specifically to listen.”

For many young individuals, blue grass seems hard to appreciate and seems targeted towards older generation. However, this is what makes the Country Store unique in its musical acts, because you can listen to someone your age playing an eccentric genre of music.

Other colleges have stops along the Crooked Road (such as Rocky Mount’s Ferum and Blacksburg’s VT), , but Floyd is the closest location to Lynchburg. Admission to Friday night jamboree is five dollars, first come first served.

Click to see the schedule for Friday Night Jamboree.

Follow the Floyd Country store’s Facebook for live updates.