When we take the time to write a reusable script, we usually also take time to review its code with a colleague, which further ensures the quality of our output.
(Semi-)automating procedures allows us to respond to breaking news situations rapidly and consistently — so we typically offer our readers a visualization faster than other news organizations.
Many journalists know the challenge of managing what some call the «fast track» versus the «long track» at the same time. At NZZ Visuals we work on the daily news, and in parallel we create longer term data- or visual-driven stories. We have built a range of tools and a team structure that address this challenge and make us more efficient. One of these tools is what we call Rapid Response Scripts.