Crafting Stories with Data
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Wednesday, 26 July

6:30 9:30 pm EDT

GA D.C., 1776

1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
$65 USD
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Crafting Stories with Data

Joseph Nelson Photo


Data Science Immersive Instructor, General Assembly

26

Wednesday, 26 July

6:30 9:30 pm EDT

GA D.C., 1776

1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
$65 USD
Regular Ticket

Sold Out!

Get on the waitlist

Be the first to know if a spot becomes available.

Add me to the waitlist

Questions? Read our FAQs

About This Class

Data visualizations can enable us to compress data and encode them in ways to aid perceptual, cognitive and emotional capacity required to comprehend, retain and make decisions using this data. It is often cited that we are trying to tell stories through them. Is that really the case? How do we ensure that the audience is able to retain, recall and retell our data-driven stories?

‘Crafting stories with data’ is a cross disciplinary activity that requires us to operate at the intersection of a visual designer, coder, statistician, and storyteller. It is both a science and an art. This workshop serves as an introduction to the visual and story techniques that are often employed when developing data-stories.

This class will walk through the three elements required to be successful data storyteller: a review of basic stats that permeate misleading narratives, discussion of metrics necessary to tell a convincing story, and the principles of effective data visualization. Throughout the class, participants will engage in interactive exercises and see how the best practices they're learning are used in real-examples. (This class does not incorporate nor require the need to code.)

Takeaways

  • Understand and describe what elements are required to be an effective data storyteller
  • Grasp the basics of effective data visualization for communication (and identify common mistakes)
  • Gain the ability to challenge (or construct) a narrative based on misleading statistics
  • Utilize communication and presentation best practices

Prereqs & Preparation

There are no pre-requisite skills, knowledge or roles necessary for attending the workshop. Only an open approach to learning through listening, observation, and participation in the workshop activities and discussion is required.

For one of the exercises, students will be encouraged to quantify their own story. Bringing a resume (digitally is fine) is a recommended aid.

About the Instructor

Joseph Nelson Photo

Data Science Immersive Instructor,
General Assembly

Joseph is currently an instructor for GA’s Data Science Immersive in Washington, DC. He particularly enjoys model selection and validation techniques as well as natural language processing. He is also a guest lecturer at George Washington University’s Master’s in Data Science program. Previously, he built data visualization dashboards as a part of Facebook’s Politics and Government team.

Joseph is an advocate for using technology to improve social well-being, particularly in government. When he’s not modelling (data), he’s reading, running, or learning the tools to build his next side project.

Refund Policy

We understand that, sometimes, plans change. If you can no longer make it to a class or workshop, please email us at least 7 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given to cancellations made within a week of the class or workshop.

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