Graphics! They can help us find interesting story ideas, or pinpoint numbers to use as evidence in our reporting. Often we think of graphics as an end product. When used for reporting, however, graphics are a powerful tool to explore trends and stories. We'll discus what types of visualizations can help you find stories you may miss, make some visualizations right in Excel, and demo some easy, non-programmatic tools that allow you to go deeper in your data. We'll also cover both numbers and unstructured text as data. These visualizations are not for publication, but rather a sketchpad for reporters and data analysts.