Five Steps to Stronger Data Visualization

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April 26, 2013 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Five Steps to Stronger Data Visualization
Originally Broadcast On:
April 26, 2013
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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Good data visualization boils down to clear explanation. By helping people "see" information, you are helping them understand. By revealing patterns and connections of who did what, when and where, you can show the arc of a story.

Putting tons of raw data in front of your audience might just turn them off, but well-edited data can reveal patterns and connections to a bigger picture. Who did what, when and where--these often represent the arc of a story. In this Webinar you'll learn a process for thinking visually and take that process further to be able to harness complex sets of data.

Poynter's Sara Quinn will lead you through five key elements for stronger data visualization that apply to storytelling in print, on web and for hand-held devices.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to tell engaging stories in a visual way without photographs
  • How to make sense of data for your audience
  • Best practices for sharing data-driven stories
  • How to carry out an effective process for turning raw data into compelling stories
Who Should Take this Course:

Anyone who wants to present stories in ways that engage and explain--including journalists, non-profit and PR experts, educators, students, designers and developers.

Course Instructor:

Sara Quinn

A design and journalism consultant, Sara Quinn holds the R.M. Seaton Chair for Professional Journalism at Kansas State University. Immediate Past President of the Society for News Design. She taught at The Poynter Institute for more than a decade. Her eyetracking research for Poynter and other organizations on newspaper, tablet and online reading habits helps journalists determine the best forms for storytelling.

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