**CANCELLED** MONDAYS, SEPT. 13th – OCT. 4th | Data sounds dull, but when used in an argument, an opinion, an analysis, a criticism, or as part of guerrilla journalism it becomes the engine that propels the story. Data informs the argument, lends credibility, and invites engagement. Persuade decision-makers using the “And-But-Then” narrative.
In this four-week workshop for beginning to mid-level journalists, we will discuss where to find data to support stories, how to analyze and interrogate the data we find, and how to use the And-But-Then argument to tell a persuasive story.
The workshop will include reading published data-driven stories and working on data story-telling exercises. We will look at data that reveals trends, a new interpretation or new evidence, critically examine flawed arguments, perform comparisons, and build a data case. Most specifically we will discuss how to convert hard facts, data, and research into a powerful human story.
Students will leave with one data story of up to 1,000 words.
Scheduled class sessions will take place via Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom details.
Jaya Padmanabhan is a journalist, essayist, and fiction writer. She writes a column for the San Francisco Examiner and her columns and articles can be found in Forbes, Next Avenue, The Bold Italic/Medium, Elemental, and India Currents. Previously, she worked as a software engineer. Jaya wins awards every year for her editorials and essays.
Number of sessions: 4
Date: Mondays, Sept 13, 20, 27; October 4
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm Pacific Time
Course fee: $120