Local Public Media On Air News Time by News Budget

I just thought this data visualization was cool. It uses an area chart to compare public radio stations.

The x axis are budget categories of stations. Small budgets to the left. Large budgets to the right.

The y axis are the percentage of stations in that budget category.

The colorized data, as shown in the legend, are the “average local news hours per week.”

So what looks like a colorful cubist bird diving past jagged mountains is simply this: the lower budgeted stations do fewer hours of local news on-air, and the higher budgeted stations do more hours of local news on-air each week!

 

Weekly On Air News Time by Local Public Media News Budget

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Michael V. Marcotte

Hi, I'm the (first-ever) Professor of Practice in Journalism at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. I teach multimedia journalism and launched are innovation/collaboration lab: New Mexico News Port. Previously, I was the 2012-2013 Reynolds Chair in Ethics of Entrepreneurial and Innovative Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno... and, before that, a 2011 Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. I'm also very active as a consultant in public media news, having spent over 20 years as a news director. My website is http://www.mikemarcotte.com or on Twitter: http://twitter.com/michvinmar

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