Here are a few more links re data and story telling:
Nieman Storyboard on maps, charticles and stories
The American Journalism Review on the rise of the charticle
Nieman Storyboard on Cutthroat Capitalism - a ground-breaking piece of investigative journalism by Scott Carney, done as a series of graphic/visualisations and then turned into game online. The piece ran in the magazine last year and is still online. Carney talks about how he did the story on his blog - it was a lot of work.
The 'how are you doing today?' project
Here's a nice example of using infographics to get a story across - So You Still Think the Internet is Free
Here's an interactive visualisation of the way organised crime works, from Wired Magazine