Keywords: data storytelling, The Pudding, data journalism, story, lessons
When we talk about topics that are debated in culture, you may immediately think of heated, divisive topics publicly debated during political campaigns. Or perhaps you're thinking more of a low-key dispute between friends over beer. At The Pudding, an online editorial for visually-led stories, we focus on adding data to both types of debate. The topics and even "serious-ness" of stories we choose to write about vary widely, and we are often asked why we continue to write about "fun" topics with so many more pressing matters at hand. In this talk, I will discuss how we tell stories, the things we've learned from telling "fun" stories, and why we think the internet is better with both.