Hidden within the multitude of datasets collected around the globe are unique stories that can help explain the world around us, reveal patterns and lend proof to hypotheses. Journalists can wield data as a powerful new storytelling tool, and designers and coders can tell stories by visualizing data in innovative new ways.
To help communicators learn the latest about using data to tell compelling stories, the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication’s (SOJC) Agora Journalism Center is hosting a free Data Storytelling Workshop on Monday, April 18, 12-6 p.m. This half-day interactive event will bring together global experts and local practitioners from a range of disciplines at the George S. Turnbull Portland Center on the White Stag Block in Portland to discuss and demonstrate how data is influencing their work.
“If you’re interested in storytelling, then you can’t help but be excited about the possibilities created by the age of data that we now live in,” said Damian Radcliffe, Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism at the SOJC. “Data is creating new ways to inform, tell or collect stories at a local, national and international level, and we’re looking forward to showcasing this potential in Portland.”
Featured sessions at the workshop include:
- An opening keynote from Pulitzer Prize winner turned journalism professor Steve Doig on the evolution of data journalism.
- “Principles of Data Storytelling” panel with Damian Radcliffe, Managing Producer Steve Suo of The Oregonian’s data hub team, Editorial Experience Designer Jason Bernert of Oregon Public Broadcasting and Newsroom Web Developer Audrey Carlsen of The Seattle Times.
- “Data, Stories and Geography” panel discussion with designers from Paste in Place, Erin Aigner of the Portland Bureau of Transportation and James Meecham from UO’s InfoGraphics Lab.
- Closing keynote on the future of data journalism with New York Times Associate Managing Editor and Graphics Director Steve Duenes.
- Project share session featuring the data storytelling work of Periscopic, Xplane, Tableau, Scott Murray of Aligned Left and more.
Students are invited to register for a student ticket by April 10. Participation is free, and round-trip transportation from Eugene to Portland will be provided.
We have a limited number of press passes for this sold-out workshop. If you’d like to attend, please contact Erika Vogt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 412-3693.