Knight Center
Knight Center


Introduction to Infographics and Visualization for Journalists

Fechas del Curso: 
Lunes, Octubre 10, 2011 - Domingo, Noviembre 20, 2011
Periodo de Postulación: 
Lunes, Septiembre 19, 2011 (Todo el día) - Jueves, Septiembre 29, 2011 (Todo el día)
Zona Horaria de la Fecha Límite para Postular: 
5:00 p.m. (CDT)
Idioma del Curso: 
Alberto Cairo
Objetivos del Curso: 

Computer graphics is the representation of data, information and facts through different statistical graphs, maps, schematics and diagrams. Today it is one of the main languages used in the media, although it is not well understood. Part of the problem is that print journalists believe that it is is the job of computer graphics designers and artists only, while designers and artists believe that traditional journalist will never be able to create good graphics.
Both groups are wrong. Computer graphics is not art, but visual communication, and its rules can be learned with relative ease. This is the goal of this course: to give a global vison of the discipline and at the same time, convince the professionals from different backgrounds that it is the fruit of the mixture of various disciplines. In the process, students will learn how to research and plan computer graphic projects.

Requisitos del Curso: 

The course is open to journalists working in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is geared toward journalists without design experience, graphic designers interested in a functional view of the profession, and artists who wish to use their skills to tell journalistic stories. The exercises conducted during the course do not require familiarity with specialized software, although each student is free to use programs they already know, such as Excel, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, or even Google Charts.

Descripción del Curso: 

The course is divided into six training modules with visual presentations and online discussion forums. The class will be conducted in Portuguese, exclusively online. Students can work at their own pace but should expect to spend between 10-20 hours per week. It is very important for students to enter the class space each day, but, as a minimum, each person should at least enter the space Monday morning because that's when the most important points of the course will be posted. They should also check for important messages on Wednesday and Saturdays. Each debate, article and exercise has a deadline and papers submitted after this limit will not be graded. if a student does not enter the class space for 3 consecutive days (72 hours), they will receive an e-mail from the Knight Center to see if he or she is having some difficulty with the pace of course.

Información sobre el Instructor: 

Alberto Cairo is the director of infographics for Época magazine in Brazil. Cairo was a professor in the Master em Jornalismo program in Brazil and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Spain. He was also the James H. Shumaker term assitant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and taught at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Spain. Between 2000-2005 he was the director of interactive infographics at El Mundo ( where his design team won the most awards in the Society of Newspaper Design (SND) and Malofiej contests. He regularly blogs for Periodismo con Futuro de El Pais and is the author of two books on infographics.


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