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 Vásquez is the Data Visualization Lead for the U.S. Census Bureau. In this role, he is working towards creating better understanding of demographic and socioeconomic data through interactive visualizations. Vásquez continues serving as a speaker on various census data topics, including 2020 Census planning and innovations using the Census API. He also specializes in census data on the Hispanic population within the U.S. @uscensusbureau

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