J221 Introduction to Data Visualization

This is a class in finding and telling visual stories from data. We will cover fundamental principles of data analysis and visual presentation, chart types and when to use them, and how to acquire and “interview” data. We will make static and interactive charts and maps using free software. There will be some coding, but no prior experience is required. The emphasis is on gaining practical skills that students can apply in a newsroom setting.Where noted in weekly schedule, individual students will lead a critique/discussion of a recently published news graphic/interactive.



Time:  F 9:00 - 12:00

Location:  108 North Gate (Lower News)

Class Number:  28758

Section:  1

Units:  3

Length:  15 weeks

Course Material Fee:  None

Enroll Limit:  12

Restrictions & Prerequisites

Cell phones and email are not allowed in class. This includes text messaging. Priority enrollment will be for students who have multimedia as their first course preference.