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.
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