Build Interactive Data Visualizations with Tableau Public: A Digital Tools Tutorial

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December 02, 2016 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Build Interactive Data Visualizations with Tableau Public: A Digital Tools Tutorial
This $29.95 Webinar is free thanks to the support of the American Press Institute and Knight Foundation.
Originally Broadcast On:
December 02, 2016
Time Estimate:
This is a special two-hour webinar. We may stay longer to answer questions and explore additional features.

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In this virtual classroom, participants can join in a seminar led by Poynter faculty and visiting faculty. This screencast includes live audio and a slideshow presentation in which participants can post questions and respond to poll questions posed by the host.

In this special two-hour workshop, you'll learn to create, publish and share interactive data visualizations using Tableau Public, a free and powerful data visualization tool.

We’ll start with a tour of the Tableau interface, connect to an example data set, create a few visualizations and then pull those visualizations together to make a dashboard.

Please complete these tasks before the workshop:

  1. Install Tableau Public — download here and install
  2. Create a Tableau Public account — Click "sign in" and follow the link to create a new account here

This workshop is structured so that no prior knowledge of Tableau is necessary.

This training event is part of a series on digital tools in partnership with the American Press Institute and The Poynter Institute, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

See more tools in the Digital Tools Catalog.

What Will I Learn:
  • An overview of the Tableau interface
  • How to connect to data
  • How to build visualizations and dashboards from that data
  • How to publish visualizations and dashboards to Tableau Public
  • Resources, including blogs, user groups, community and more
Who Should Take this Course:

Journalists interested in expanding their investigative capabilities and autonomy in creating visualizations for data-driven articles.

Course Instructor:

Cynthia Andrews

PHX -> SEA -> NYC. Never one to sit still, Cynthia Andrews embodies the frenetic vibration of the city in which she lives. The road to her current role as a Data Artist at Tableau was anything but linear. Her eclectic background includes a bachelor’s in art history, a master’s in communication in digital media, a stint in journalism as a data visualization developer at NBC, to name a few. In addition to passionately evangelizing visualizing data, she’s also pursuing a [second] master’s degree at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Oh, and trying to eat her way through the five boroughs.


Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change.

Training Partner:

American Press Institute

The American Press Institute advances an innovative and sustainable news industry by helping publishers understand and engage audiences, grow revenue, improve public-service journalism, and succeed at organizational change.

Technical Requirements:

1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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