In Spring 2015, I co-led a series of workshops on “Teaching Data Storytelling for Civic Impact” together with colleagues Dalia Othman and Rahul Bhargava. The growth of data in journalism, storytelling and civics has ignited a rise in the number of university courses, workshops and hackathons that aim to teach students, professionals or community members their way around data. With that growth came along a series of questions as to how to build data literacy capacity for non-technical folks, teach ethics in relation to data and assess the civic impact of data-driven storytelling.
Our study group consisted of four workshops for a cohort of around 20 people from the fields of journalism, community engagement, policy and information design.
- BUILDING CAPACITY and data literacy
- The ETHICS of data
- The CIVIC IMPACT of data-driven storytelling and how to measure it