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Timelines can help journalists add a degree of interactivity to their stories, by presenting data or additional context in a visual way, and making them doesn't have to take up too much time.

Check out this guide from Storybench on how Abigail Skelton, Molly Callahan and Story Hinckley illustrated the number of US Constitutional amendments in more than 200 years, using TimelineJS, an open-source tool developed by Northwestern University's Knight Lab.

They explain the steps they went through to clean, organise and format their data before adding it to TimelineJS and publishing the final product.

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