30 mins

Visualise your data with the best charts and graphs

Charts and graphs are some of the easiest and best ways to visualise your data. They can help you turn complex datasets into easier to understand visuals that you can share in reports, on websites and on social media. This course will teach you how to choose the best chart and graph to fit your dataset and includes lots of tips and techniques.
About this course:
This course is designed for journalists and human rights defenders who are interested in data visualisation and are keen to learn new ways to display their data. Using the wrong type of chart or graph for your data can result in a misrepresentation of numbers and ultimately you’ll end up misleading your audience, which you never want to do! So this course will help you to effectively and correctly illustrate long-term trends, percentages or other comparisons, as well as show and compares changes, relationships, and ultimately make your numbers come to life.
What do I learn:
You’ll learn which charts and graphs are the best to use for different types of data sets and situations, as well as how to draw them using Google spreadsheets. You’ll also learn how to make your data look attractive and easy to understand and how to avoid the most common mistakes when it comes to visualising data.
What do I need to know:
This course is suitable for those who already have a light background in journalism, data journalism or research, doesn’t require expertise knowledge.


Amr Eleraqi

Amr Eleraqi is an Egyptian journalist with more than 10 years of data journalism experience. In 2012 he founded InfoTimes, the first infographic website in the Middle East. Since then he has trained more than 500 journalists in data journalism and data visualisation in cooperation with organisations such as Internews and BBC Media Action.

1.1 Introduction to the course
1.2 The main types of data
1.3 Making data understandable
2.1 Introduction to graphs and charts
2.2 Bar charts
2.3 Histograms
2.4 Line charts
2.5 Pie charts
2.6 Bubble charts
2.7 Map charts
2.8 Treemaps
2.9 Charts and graphs summary
2.10 Quiz - Charts and Axes
3.1 Graphs anatomy
3.2 Guidelines for formatting graphs and charts
3.3 Mistakes to avoid
3.4 Quiz - Labelling graphs and charts
4.1 How to create a graph using a google spreadsheet
4.2 Exercise
5.1 Conclusion

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