Politico’s Visuals

It took me over ten minutes to find a story on Politico.com that used storytelling in a visual way. 99% of the stories on the site consist of all words and one photo (the cover photo). So it took me some time to navigate the site and come across a news article with visuals that had more than just one photo.

In the Politico Playbook section of the site, which differs from the normal stories, there was an article about Gun control support. The article featured the typical cover photo but also had graphs and polls to help tell the story. It was a different style of storytelling than usual Politico articles and I thought it was effective.

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Here is the article: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/28/gun-control-polling-parkland-430099

With attention spans limiting every day and the internet providing so much content, I think it is important for articles to use visuals to stand out. The media world is evolving and visuals are becoming a more prominent way of storytelling. We are not in the era of black and white printing anymore.

I read the Boston Globe online almost every day and a lot of their stories offer multiple phots and visuals. On Politico.com, I think they need to do more of that. I blogged about an article earlier in the semester where Politico used an interactive graph. Stories like that stick in my mind way more than a simple story with all words and no visuals.

The graphs and charts on the gun control were an entertaining way to provide information about how people are reacting to gun laws. The article could have written out the facts but the graphs are a nice addition.

This an article about organizers fighting against Obama for Politico magazine.


I was shocked the article only had one picture. It did not make the story as compelling as it would be with more insightful pictures.

In this day and age, visuals make stories better and Politico.com needs more of them.



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