What Is Miami Metrics?

It’s a kind of journalism where the medium is data. 

The term “data journalism” partly describes what goes on here. However, a more accurate way to view Miami Metrics is that it is an invitation to intellectual discussion and debate. 

Miami Metrics seeks to tell stories with data visualizations. It accomplishes that by producing original content as well as amassing a repository of learning that establishes a difference between “good” and “bad” uses of data visualization.

Each story produced by Miami Metrics is a form of rhetoric, designed to influence the reader’s conceptualization of a particular phenomenon or event. Each argument is crafted from a data perspective; the facts presented are derived from the structure and analysis of the data used. But data analysis is not complete without context, which helps us understand why we should care about the analysis. 

Success in Miami Metrics is therefore not defined by how well you can analyze data, but how you communicate data. You have a particular view of a story, expressed through analytics and visualizations, that you want to convey to others. Your audience shall decide whether or not you’ve made a compelling argument.

Miami Metrics is not only a website for people to share expressions of data and exchange ideas, but it is also a community of like-minded individuals that promotes an atmosphere of congratulatory praise and constructive criticism. 

You can contribute to Miami Metrics in four ways:

  • Contributing original content data stories;
  • Modifying an already published data visualization and thus improving the data story;
  • Declaring that a data story effectively utilizes data visualization;
  • Declaring a data story published by a mass media organization or the government misuses data visualization

If you are interested in joining the conversation, register to become a member of a movement.

For more information, contact Editor Peter Fortunato (fortunp2@miamioh.edu) or President Aidan Johnson (johns779@miamioh.edu).