Storytelling and the Census

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speaker: Gerson Vasquez of Census Bureau
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 2:30pm
  • Location: David Mitzner
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Data are everywhere and play an increasingly integral role in reporting and storytelling. The U.S. Census Bureau collects countless statistics on populations and industries. How do you comb through mountains of data and tell the stories behind the numbers? To meet that need, the Bureau has created a news-style platform that tell the stories behind data points on families, housing, employment, business, education, population, and emergency preparedness. Discover what the nation’s preeminent statistical agency is doing to advance this type of storytelling with Gerson Vasquez, data visualization lead. He will walk you through ways to present Census data to a general audience in a variety of formats, from news stories, podcasts and videos to graphics and interactive visualizations. 

This session is sponsored by the Knight Foundation. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speaker Bios

  • Gerson Vasquez began his career with the Census Bureau in 2008. He continues to play pivotal roles in 2020 Census planning, the web transformation of census.gov, census data use & adoption, ongoing projects in communications, innovations using the Census API and creating data visualizations. The official Twitter handle for the U.S. Census Bureau is @uscensusbureau

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