data journals

"Counting something means it matters" - Dear Data

Globally, people have begun to physically distance themselves. It's our way of waging war on this virus, in the hope of limiting its spread.


But while our isolation will save many lives, it may also affect our mental health. These data journals have been created to help someone (young or old) reflect on their feelings, and the connections they make during this time.


There are currently two available to download:

training videos

An introduction to these videos

In the midst of the global coronavirus outbreak, many of us are changing the ways we live and work. I was scheduled to present at a number of conference events this year that have understandably been canceled. 


Instead of holding onto this content, I thought I'd share it with you. I've turned the presentation into a few videos based on the slides I'd prepared. I hope you find this data storytelling information helpful - wherever you are in the world!


Stay safe ๐Ÿงโค๏ธ


How to find, write, and tell a Data Story

This video looks at the basics of data storytelling. You'll learn the three main steps to communicating insight through data stories and some tools and techniques to make it easy.


Links to other resources discussed:


Data Story Canvas (Event and Character)

Science Needs Story, Randy Olson

Storytelling with Data





Data Story Example: Measles in New Zealand

[This video is currently being edited - it will be uploaded soon]

This video looks at the history of measles in New Zealand as a case study to demonstrate the three main steps of data storytelling. I'll show you how to use both types of Data Story Canvas (Event and Character) to sort out the metrics required for you to then write a narrative and tell this using data visualisation.


You can view one of the final graphics here.

the book

I'm writing a book! It will be a resource on how to find, write and tell data stories. But instead of it being all about me, I'd also love to include you. I will run a few surveys throughout the book writing process to ask for your opinions. I hope to use this information to create data stories (for demonstrative purposes) to include in the book.


You are invited to personally contribute to this Data Story book.


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Wellington, New Zealand

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