Data visualization resources

While I was shamelessly picking the brain of Matt Waite in recent weeks, he advised me that if I don’t have more than three to five weeks to spend on “data” (sort of akin to what we used to call “computer-assisted reporting”), what I should focus on is teaching the students something about data visualization.

So I hunkered down and hauled all my Edward Tufte books* off the shelf and did hours of Google searches and mined all my old bookmarks. Then, as usual, I figured I might as well share.

And if I’m lucky, some of my esteemed readers will share back, with some cool examples I haven’t seen yet!

*Tufte’s Envisioning Information was published while I was in grad school, and $50 seemed like an impossible sum. But after I had pored over his earlier book, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, many times in the public library, I went ahead and bought Envisioning Information, price tag be damned. It’s one of those books that didn’t so much teach me how to do things; it taught me how to think.

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  6. Thanks. I wish there more journalism classes devoted to data visualization. There are none at my school, so I have to teach myself everything.
    Which Edward Tufte books would be the best for college journalists?

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