16 Mar

A few tips as you work on your ASFs

A lot of you probably have questions as you develop your alternative story forms. Remember you need to have two distinct ASFs. And it’s really easy to just want to do the bare minimum here, but ASFs take a lot of work → you’re making information digestible quickly. Here are a few tips for pulling them off:

      Read the directions!! Make a checklist to keep it straight.


      The data needs to match the format — so a timeline wouldn’t work for showing change in numbers over time.


      A lead is necessary (the piece needs to be able to stand alone, as well as complement your story). If the program doesn’t let you include a written introduction, then include the lead in the Word document you submit in Learn@UW.


      Make sure you include transitions and have a logical progression of data (particularly important for number issues).


      Be sure to highlight key findings in the transitions – something might not stand out to the reader just from the chart.


      Attribution should be clear throughout.


      Make sure you’re actually providing a new synthesis of data, so a map with a bunch of addresses and no other information isn’t much more than what we would see if I did a Google Search for the same thing.


      Avoid extrapolating beyond what you know.


    Avoid plagiarism!!! This includes copying or recreating the charts someone else already made.