The Art of Truth: Data Visualization and Infographics for Everyone

The Art of Truth: Data Visualization and Infographics for Everyone

P3) The Art of Truth: Data Visualization and Infographics for Everyone

Moderator: Betsy Mason

With facts and truth increasingly under assault, many interest groups have enlisted data visualization to support all manner of spin. Because digital images and graphics are inherently sharable and can quickly amplify messages, sifting through the visual information and misinformation is more critical than ever, and creating effective data visualizations without misleading viewers is an important skill for journalists—one that is within your reach, regardless of your background or budget.

The use of graphs, charts, maps and infographics to explore data and communicate science to the public has become more and more popular among scientists and journalists alike. However, this rise in popularity has not been accompanied by an increasing awareness of the principles and rules that should guide the design of these visualizations.

This session will get you quickly up to speed with a tour of good and bad uses of visualizations in recent news stories, a series of practical guidelines for better design, and a demonstration of free and easy-to-use tools—all with the goal of showing you that anybody and everybody can use visualization.

Link to additional readings Alberto provided in Dropbox. Download slide presentation with link in left column.

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