Storied numbers: Supporting media-rich data storytelling for television

  • Robinson S
  • Williams G
  • Parnami A
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The digital convergence of broadcast television, user- generated content from online and mobile sources, and interactive surfaces brings an opportunity for the development of platforms to support media-rich data storytelling for television audiences. In this paper, we report on a production model and system featuring a multi-touch interactive table with tangibles in the broadcast studio, on which performers use information visualizations to access and present media-rich content from viewers. The system uses content generated from a mobile application that couples close-ended survey items with rich media, such as video. The app is designed to increase opportunities for public debate on civic issues, but is also suitable for pure entertainment topics, such as sports and lifestyle. We present the results of an evaluation of our production model and the studio prototype in a lab setting with television production experts and on-air talent. Our results indicate that such systems must be designed with a flexible user profile in mind to accommodate performer capabilities and preferences, operational variations, program formats, and changing conventions in touch interaction.

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  • data storytelling
  • information visualization
  • interactive surfaces
  • interactive television
  • mobile surveys

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  • Susan J Robinson

  • Graceline Williams

  • Aman Parnami

  • Jinhyun Kim

  • Emmett McGregor

  • Dana Chandler

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