This May 1st, the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs will host a workshop on “Telling Stories and Using Visuals for Coastal Environmental Communication” at Louisiana State University. The workshop has been funded by the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), and will take place in the Holliday Forum of the Journalism Building on LSU’s campus.
If you join us on Friday May 1st, you can expect to develop your digital storytelling skills for science communication through working with images, graphics and video. Using real life examples, we will demonstrate what makes images, graphics, and videos effective or ineffective communication tools. We will also introduce you to low cost and publicly available data visualization tools and equipment, and give you time to play with these tools to enhance your own environmental communication work. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to show patterns and trends using visually appealing graphics and interactive data; turn data into charts or maps; integrate visual design in digital, social and mobile platforms; discuss ethical and legal issues in visual environmental communication; and share you work on digital platforms.
Find the workshop schedule here. All workshop sessions will be recorded in video and archived online for your benefit, at showmethecoast2015.wordpress.com.
While registration is not mandatory, you can register to attend this workshop here.
Because our workshop has been funded by a NASW grant, the workshop will be free of charge for anyone interested in attending. All we ask is that at the end of the workshop, you share your data visualizations or other products created during the workshop with us.
What Should I Bring? If you plan on attending the workshop, we encourage you to bring a computer, a smartphone and/or camera, and any scientific data, graphs, visuals, images, etc. that you’d like to turn into compelling visuals or data visualizations for science communication. We will be providing instruction on easy-to-use and free tools for creating data visualizations, info-graphics, and more. If you have the time, please check out, sign up for and/or download the following programs prior to arriving at the workshop. This isn’t required, but may be helpful to you:
Tableau or Tableau Public Tools for digital charts: Plot.ly ; AMcharts ; Fusion Charts NodeXL and Gephi (for extra visualization power) Tools for mobile photography: Afterlight ; Overgram ; Hyperlapse