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Information Graphics are still important April 4, 2008

Posted by Robert Rich in symposium.
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Information graphics are an important yet oft-forgotten piece of multimedia journalism, Alberto Cairo, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said.

“You cannot understand what multimedia journalism is without information graphics,” Cairo said.

Cairo mentioned three trends regarding the way information graphics are evolving on the web. The first is how interaction is being improved, through three separate levels of interaction – instructing, manipulating and exploring – the second is how graphics are shared and the final is the still-important role linear narratives play.

“It’s important to never forget that linear narratives still work and a great looking linear information graphic can still wow your readers.”

Cairo emphasized the difficulty of producing information graphics, and said that even though citizen journalism is becoming more popular, professionals are still needed.

“A citizen journalist will never create a complex information graphic. Only a professional journalist can do this.”

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