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Build Interactive Data Visualizations with Tableau Public: A Digital Tools Tutorial

About This Course

In this special two-hour workshop, you'll learn to create, publish and share interactive data visualizations using Tableau Public, a free and powerful data visualization tool.

We’ll start with a tour of the Tableau interface, connect to an example data set, create a few visualizations and then pull those visualizations together to make a dashboard.

Please complete these tasks before the workshop:

  • Install Tableau Public — download here and install.
  • Create a Tableau Public account — Click "sign in" and follow the link to create a new account here.

This workshop is structured so that no prior knowledge of Tableau is necessary.

See more tools at Poynter's home for digital tools: Try This! — Tools for Journalism.

What Will I Learn?

  • An overview of the Tableau interface
  • How to connect to data
  • How to build visualizations and dashboards from that data
  • How to publish visualizations and dashboards to Tableau Public Resources, including blogs, user groups, community and more

Who Should Take This Course?

Journalists interested in expanding their investigative capabilities and autonomy in creating visualizations for data-driven articles.

Course Instructor

Cynthia Andrews

Cynthia Andrews

PHX -> SEA -> NYC. Never one to sit still, Cynthia Andrews embodies the frenetic vibration of the city in which she lives. The road to her current role as a Data Artist at Tableau was anything but linear. Her eclectic background includes a bachelor’s in art history, a master’s in communication in digital media, a stint in journalism as a data visualization developer at NBC, to name a few. In addition to passionately evangelizing visualizing data, she’s also pursuing a [second] master’s degree at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Oh, and trying to eat her way through the five boroughs.


The Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change.

Training Partner

American Press Institute

American Press Institute

The American Press Institute conducts research and training, convenes thought leaders and creates tools to help chart a path for journalism in the 21st century. The organization was founded in 1946 with the mission to help the news industry fulfill the purpose of the First Amendment, sustaining a free press in the public interest. That mission continues today.

This $30 course is free thanks to the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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