With the advent of various news gathering services, there’s been a recent trend to produce visualizations to make sense of the information deluge. So far I’ve seen this flash representation of Google News, a Java representation of NewsIsFree, and this interesting timeline-based topic view of Google News, also in flash.
A completely different view on the news is provided each week on JamesHarry.com. “What happens is the news” is an obsessive hand-drawn summary of the past week’s noteworthy events. It’s been around since the beginning of this year, and it’s fun to go back and remember the topics that grabbed headlines. The images are under a fairly open Creative Commons license, meaning you can take these images and do quite a bit with them.