Data vis for water journalism – Water Buffs Podcast ep. 1 – Geoff McGhee

In the debut podcast from the Water Desk and the University of Colorado, Geoff McGhee talks about how data visualizations can engage audiences and shed light on water issues.

Expand video >

Maps, charts, graphics and other data visualizations can be a fantastic tool for explaining water issues. Data visualization is one of the types of journalism that The Water Desk is focusing on as we seek to strengthen water-related coverage. In this episode, we talk with Water Desk consultant Geoff McGhee about some of the ways that data visualizations can help journalists tell stories about water. We discuss four dashboards on our website,, that allow users to track and analyze data on drought, precipitation, the snowpack and major dams and reservoirs.

Episode highlights

Click links to cue the podcast episode

Mitch Tobin Introducing “Water Buffs”
Water Desk director Mitch Tobin introduces the first episode of our podcast, available in video and audio wherever you get your podcasts.
Starts at 0:00
Geoff McGhee Data viz and water
Water Desk consultant Geoff McGhee talks about some of the ways that data visualizations can help journalists tell stories about water.
Related links:
Starts at 0:29
Water Words: Acre-Feet
We explain the somewhat arcane measurement that is used widely in U.S. water circles.
Starts at 13:39

Watch or listen wherever you get your podcasts

You’re welcome to watch the video version of Water Buffs here on our website or subscribe to it on our YouTube and Vimeo Channels. If you prefer your podcasts on audio or on a portable device, subscribe using one of the services below or grab the feed url for your own service.

Ways to get the audio version: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Soundcloud | Stitcher | Podcast RSS Feed


Share your thoughts – and consider joining us

If you’re interested in appearing on the show, please contact Water Desk Director Mitch Tobin at If you’d like to share your comments and questions, you can reach us at, or on Twitter and Facebook.

Podcast article css and js

No posts to display