For the past decade, magazines like Forbes , Fortune , and Wired have called data "the new oil." In 2012, Harvard Business Review named data scientist the "sexiest job of the 21st century." In Spring 2017, the first ever section of “Advanced Composing Digital Media” will follow a critical making approach to engage with the role that data have played in contemporary communications. Students will learn the crucial components of data-driven journalism, digital humanities analysis, and information visualization. Emphasized throughout the course will be composition as a means to supplement and extend critical thought, especially how data-driven communications methods are reshaping public discourse.