Crafting Stories with Data
30

Wednesday, 30 August

6:30 9:30 pm EDT

GA D.C., 1776

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

Questions? Read our FAQs

Crafting Stories with Data

Joseph Nelson Photo


Co-Founder, CEO Represently; Data Advocacy Lead, General Assembly

30

Wednesday, 30 August

6:30 9:30 pm EDT

GA D.C., 1776

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

Questions? Read our FAQs

About This Class

Data visualizations help us compress and make decisions using data. It is often cited that we are trying to tell stories through them. Crafting stories with data requires us to be 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.

We will walk through the three elements required to be a 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, students will engage in interactive exercises and see how the best practices they're learning are used in real-examples.

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.

What to bring to class: 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

Co-Founder, CEO Represently; Data Advocacy Lead, General Assembly

Joseph is the co-founder and CEO of Represently, a civic tech company that empowers more effective constituent-lawmaker communication. He also leads Data Advocacy for General Assembly. He is a guest lecturer for George Washington University's Master's in Data Science program. Previously, Joseph led instruction for GA DC's Data Science Immersive, a full-time, 12-week program for a career change into data science. He was a member of the team that launched the program and crafted curriculum. Before this, 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 modeling (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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