The sheer scope of the logs presents an obvious problem for journalists attempting to find patterns across the documents. Many commentators have emphasized the small scale of the individual documents at the expense of any larger trends. For example, a Pentagon spokesman dismissed the leak as "raw observations by tactical units, which were only snapshots of tragic, mundane events"; even WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange says that the "snapshots of everyday events offered a glimpse at the 'human scale' of the conflict" (BBC). Accordingly, most news reports are heavy on raw data and light on meaningful information, even though several news organizations--The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, and Der Spiegel--received the information in advance in order to analyze it.
In their size and scope, however, the logs also provide an object lesson in the importance of interactive infographics in modern journalism. Used correctly, an infographic can help readers and analysts find meaningful patterns in an imposing set of data like this one. Most major news organizations have made infographics of one type or another, with varying results. Comparing the scope of these graphics may give us a cross-section of the current state of interactive journalism.