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UNL Offers Data Storytelling Workshops for Journalists

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications will offer two workshops in spring 2022 for journalists and communicators seeking to expand their skills into data.

The first workshop, Intro to Data Storytelling, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4 and 9 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5 on UNL’s Lincoln City Campus. This workshop is designed for communicators, reporters, writers and editors who have little to no experience using spreadsheets or data. On Friday, participants will get an introduction to spreadsheets, data and analysis. On Saturday, participants will learn how to visualize data and bring all their new skills together to tell important stories.

The second workshop, Advanced Data Storytelling, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 on UNL’s Lincoln City Campus. Participants will learn how to use R, a free programming language and software environment, for data storytelling. Participants should be experienced with data or have completed the introductory workshop before enrolling.

Both workshops will be led by accomplished data journalists and faculty Matt Waite and Olga Pierce.

Waite is a professor of practice in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications specializing in data journalism and emerging technology. Prior to joining the faculty, he was the senior news technologist for the St. Petersburg Times of Florida and the principal developer of the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact. Waite has held reporting positions with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the St. Petersburg Times.

Pierce is an assistant professor of practice in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications specializing in data journalism. Before joining the college, she was the deputy data editor at ProPublica. She is the recipient of the 2015 Deadline Club award for Medical Reporting and the 2011 Livingston Award for National Reporting. Her stories have been featured in ProPublica, the New York Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune and the Hindustan Times in New Delhi.

The cost of each workshop is $250 per participant. To learn more and register, please visit https://journalism.unl.edu/professional-development.

Contact: Matt Waite, matt.waite@unl.edu, 402-472-5840