It’s difficult in journalism sometimes to get across the scale of something, which is inevitably huge, but also so slow moving it’s barely noticable. Reporting climate change is the obvious one which springs to mind.
But the current recession/economic downturn/credit crunch is another difficult one.
My patch is bearing the brunt of job losses, but how do you convey the scale of it all, especially at a national level?
Well I’ve just spotted this at the bottom of a Guardian article online, the simplicity of which can leave you with no doubt. Sometimes maybe, you just let the figures speak for themselves: