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The Data Storytelling Workbook

1st Edition

By Anna Feigenbaum, Aria Alamalhodaei


264 pages | 142 Color Illus.

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From tracking down information to symbolising human experiences, this bookis your guide for telling more effective, empathetic and evidence-based data stories.

In today’s world, the ability to communicate effectively with data is an essential skill. Yet while datasets and digital archives grow bigger, more data does not necessarily lead to better data stories. Drawing on cross-disciplinary research and first-hand accounts of projects ranging from public health to housing justice, The Data Storytelling Workbook introduces key concepts, challenges and problem-solving strategies in the emerging field of data storytelling. Filled with practical exercises and activities, the workbook offers interactive training materials that can be used for teaching and professional development. By approaching both ‘data’ and ‘storytelling’ in a broad sense, the book combines theory and practice around real-world data storytelling scenarios, offering critical reflection alongside practical and creative solutions to challenges in the data storytelling process, from tracking down hard to find information, to the ethics of visualising difficult subjects like death and human rights.

Wide-ranging and in-depth, this interdisciplinary book is essential for students and researchers in journalism, communication, media, visual arts and cultural studies, as well as any who use data analysis and visualisation within their field.

Table of Contents


1. A Narrative Approach to Storytelling

2. Navigating Data's Unequeal Terrain

3. Visual Data Storytelling

4. Data Storytelling with Maps

5. Future-Proof Principles

About the Authors

Anna Feigenbaum is a Principal Academic in Digital Storytelling at Bournemouth University, UK, where she runs the Civic Media Hub, a knowledge exchange enterprise that specialises in data storytelling for human rights, social equity, and health and wellbeing. Anna regularly publishes in media outlets and academic journals. She is a co-author of Protest Camps (2013) and author of Tear Gas (2017).

Aria Alamalhodaei is an independent writer and researcher. She received her Master of Arts in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art. She has written extensively about science, technology, and art for academic and popular publications.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies