Author Archives: Angela Dice

Data journalists as punks

I may be in communications now, but I always can appreciate a good nod to data visualizations and any video that opens with The Clash.

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Storytelling changes your brain

When you read or watch something, you may be doing more than just learning or entertaining yourself. You may also be changing your brain chemistry. I recently saw this fascinating little video clip of a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects … Continue reading

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Using Storify to crowdsource back-to-school coverage

When Storify first came out a couple years ago, my mind fluttered with ideas for using it. Most, however, never materialized. OK, let me be honest. I started one during a breaking news event then got so overwhelmed with answering … Continue reading

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Scooped by a ferret

  A while ago, I recall reading about Public Data Ferret, a nonprofit that writes stories based on government documents and data, mostly from Washington State and local governments. I remember thinking it was a neat idea at the time, … Continue reading

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Trip to final writing class

  For the past 9 months I’ve been taking a writing class in Seattle. Yeah, that’s right, writing, not digital fancy anything. And it’s been in literary fiction to boot. It was a fantastic exercise in learning more about story … Continue reading

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Really smart thoughts on the future of storytelling

For a couple months now, I’ve been following with great interest a question posted on the Q&A site Quora.com. For those who haven’t seen the site before, often very smart people from a variety of industries (though, as with many … Continue reading

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Link Share: When to Do Data Journalism

For the past few years, journalists have increasingly talked about how better to integrate data. Often with stories culled from spreadsheets come interactive databases and with them an increase that important website metric: engagement. Data journalism, though means an awful … Continue reading

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Maps + Data = Love

Let’s get this out of the way:  If I see a story with an interactive map, I’m probably going to click the hell out of it. They are the shiny things that often distracts me. Census data, school data, disaster … Continue reading

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What makes that story so good?

“All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it … Continue reading

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New book offers advice on telling stories with data

Something that may be worth checking out: A new book, “Visualize This” by Nathan Yau, a PhD candidate in Statistics at UCLA and blogger at flowingdata.com, promises to be a practical guide for creating graphics. It appears to be geared … Continue reading

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