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How one Indian newsroom is using Google tools to improve digital storytelling

Last updated: 10-12-2017

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Easy-to-use digital tools, like Google Fusion Tables and Google MyMaps, can help journalists add data and visualizations to their reporting, breaking down complex topics from the news without losing any of the issue’s nuance.

IndiaSpend, India’s first data journalism news outlet and syndication service, used these tools to tell the story of demonetization, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to devalue more than 86 percent of Indian currency overnight. The policy led to financial chaos, and in the aftermath, an IndiaSpend editor gathered hours of interviews, hundreds of data points and photos from across Mumbai to show how the policy had directly affected local business owners’ livelihoods, in many cases leaving them facing revenue losses of more than 50 percent.

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