Data Visualization for Journalists: Stripping the Dread from the Graphics
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About This Course
In the past decade, data visualization has become a tool that not only designers and programmers can embrace. New free and easy-to-use tools have made it possible for any journalist to begin producing information graphics like statistical graphs and data maps, and also using them to understand their data.
To do that effectively, though, it is essential to learn some fundamental principles of visualization design.
What Will I Learn?
- The main rules of visualization design
- How visualization can be used to analyze data
- The most common free and easy-to-use tools
- How to integrate data charts and maps into your stories
Who Should Take This Course?
Any journalist or graphic designer with little experience in data visualization either for exploration or presentation.
Alberto Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication of the University of Miami (UM). He is also the director of the visualization program at UM’s Center for Computational Science. Between 2005 and 2009 he was a Professor at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He's also been an executive editor at several news publications in Spain and Brazil, and in 2012 he created the first journalism Massive Open Online Course in the word, in collaboration with the Knight Center at U-T Texas.
He is the author of the books The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization (2012) and The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication (2016). He also works as a permanent consultant for companies like Google and Microsoft.
The Society for News Design
The Society for News Design (SND) is an international organization for news media professionals and visual communicators — specifically those who create print, web, and mobile publications and products. Our members art direct, design, edit, report, illustrate, photograph and record video, visualize data — and write code.
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