Well, my week of data and story posts has come to an end. And today I head off to Pamplona, Spain for what I expect will be an incredible and exhausting week at the Malofiej Infographic World Summit. I’ll be part of an incredible panel of judges reviewing hundreds of infographics and visualizations from the past year, and then on Thursday I’ll deliver my talk about data and stories. The posts I’ve posted this week were drawn from my research preparing for that talk (you can also watch a shorter version of that talk here).

As I wrap up the week of blog posts and podcasts (though more podcasts on story yet to come), I thought it might be useful to provide my list of books, blogs, videos, podcasts, news articles, and other links I used in my process of researching the concept of data and stories (though perhaps this is most useful for me, to have these resources organized and listed).

This list is by absolutely no means exhaustive, but it’s where I started my work. Please feel free to add more in the comments below, or send them to me via email or on Twitter.

Read the full series:

1: What is Story?

2: Story Structure

3: Applying Data to Story Structure

4: The Storytellers

Books on Story

Blog Posts

Data Storytelling: 4 Common Myths Debunked, Mary Grace Glascott

Story structure—the hidden framework that hangs your story together, Gavin McMahon, Presentation Guru

Kurt Vonnegut Diagrams the Shape of All Stories in a Master’s Thesis Rejected by U. Chicago

Data Storytelling: Separate Fiction from Facts, Brent Dykes, Forbes

The Seven Basic Plots (review)

Data Humanism, the Revolution will be Visualized, Giorgia Lupi, Accurat Studio

How stories are told around the world, Amy S. Choi, TED

How to Engage the Audience When Your Data is the Story, Jude Barak, Presentation Guru

Annotation, narrative, and storytelling in infographics and visualization, Alberto Cairo, The Functional Art

Stories Are Gateways Into Worlds, Robert Kosara, Eagereyes

Implied Stories (and Data Vis), Ghostweather R&D Blog, Lynn Cherny

The role of stories in data storytelling, Shawn Callahan, Anecdote

Why you should master the art of storytelling, Masters in Communication

Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead, Tim Lott

7 Story Structures Any Writer Can Use, Jerry Jenkins

Is Your Data Story Actually A Story?, Joshua Smith

Image: Giorgia Lupi

News Articles

How the stories of Native American youths made Obama cry in the Oval Office, Sari Horwitz and Katie Zezima, Washington Post

For so many Americans, Obamacare offered career freedom. A repeal could take that away. Sarah Kliff, Vox

Why Obamacare enrollees voted for Trump, Sarah Kliff, Vox

Where the Berliners really come from, Berline Morgenpost

Trump’s Travel Ban is Wreaking Havoc on Families, Especially Those With Valid Visas, Charles Ornstein, Terry Parris Jr. and Marcelo Rochabrun, ProPublica

United States? A snapshot of Trump’s America on Day One, Leslie Caimi, David Montgomery, Marcia Davis, Tal Abbady, Washington Post

Snow Fall, John Branch, New York Times

Image: Washington Post

Podcasts and Audio

Do high-deductible plans make the health care system better? Dan Gorenstein, NPR

Visual Storytelling with Alberto Cairo and Robert Kosara, Data Stories podcast, Episode #35

Infographics, or on Infographics

Juan Velasco Talks Infographics, Gestalten

XKCD on climate change

When Does an Infographic Say More Than a Thousand Words? Yael de Haan


Amanda Cox, OpenVisConf Opening Keynote

Be suspicious of simple stories, Tyler Cowen, TEDxMidAtlantic

Everyone around you has a story the world needs to hear, Dave Isay, TED2015

Most Shocking Second a Day Video, Save Syria’s Children

New Lab Data Visualization Round Up with Alberto Cairo, July 2016

Academic Papers (updated April 13, 2017)

Dahlstromm, Michael F. 2014. “Using narratives and storytelling to communicate science with nonexpert audiences.” PNAS, Vol. 111 (September 16).

Glasser, Matthew F., et al. “A multi-modal parcellation of human cerebral cortex.” Nature (2016).

Hillier, Ann, Ryan P. Kelly, and Terrie Klinger. 2016. “Narrative Style Influences Citation Frequency in Climate Change Science.” PLoS ONE, 11(12).

Kelly, Ryan P., Sarah R. Coooley, and Terrie Klinger. 2014. “Narratives Can Motivate Environmental Action: The Whiskey Creek Ocean Acidification Story.” Ambio, 43(5): 592-599.

Katz, Yarden. 2013. “Against storytelling of scientific results.” Nature Methods 10.

Kosara, Robert and Jock Mackinlay. “Storytelling: The Next Step for Visualization.”

Krzywinski, Martin and Alberto Cairo. 2013. “Points of View: Storytelling.” Nature Methods 10.

Ma, Kwan-Liu, Isaac Liao, Jennifer Frazier, Helwig Hauser, and Helen-Nicol Kostis. “Scientific Storytelling using Visualization.”