How to turn data into stories

– Data Visualization Workshop

Monday 16 September, 14.00 – 17:00 @ Room 23, Ground Floor

Co-organizers: Benjamin WiederkehrInteractive ThingsAlice KohliNeue Zürcher Zeitung


For the year 2013 the editorial office of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung has set itself the target of establishing the standard in the field of data-driven journalism in Switzerland and to furthermore gain attention on an international level.

To be able to approach this ambitious goal in a sustainable and profitable way, it is not enough to simply distribute job titles and descriptions to employees. What is required is a fundamental change in the work of a publisher. The understanding concerning the contents, the tools, the working process will be developed in collaboration with the Interactive Things, a design studio focused on information visualization. Consequentially, the editorial environment will be reshaped. These changes will be facilitated over the course of a series of experiments, which span across the complete spectrum of data-driven journalism.

To kickstart the collaboration between Neue Zürcher Zeitung and Interactive Things, Benjamin and his team conducted a workshop about how to work with data, how to gain the first insights quickly, and how to advance prototypes into more sophisticated visualizations. In return, the journalists conducted a workshop, where all involved designers and developers learned how to identify the right stories to tell and how to construct them in an engaging way.

Now, halfway into the collaboration, Sylke Gruhnwald, data-driven reporter at Neue Zürcher Zeitung and Benjamin Wiederkehr, director of Interactive Things, will share insights about daily challenges and opportunities from the collaboration between journalists, designers, and developers.


The workshop space can accommodate up to 20 people. To sign-up, express your interest in the topic and get in touch with the coordinators please write to
[email protected]


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