Alberto Cairo: “Data journalism will change this profession for the better”

Alberto Cairo during a conference

Alberto Cairo during a conference

Alberto Cairo is a professor of Information Graphics and Visualization at the School of Communication at the University of Miami, where he is also the director of the Visualization Program at the UM’s Center for Computational Science. He has written two books: Infografía 2.0: Visualización interactiva de información en prensa (Alamut, Spain, 2008) and The Functional Art: an Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization (PeachPit Press, 2012). In 2000, Cairo led the creation of the Interactive Infographics Department at El Mundo, the second largest newspaper in Spain, and one of the pioneers in embracing data visualization. Read the rest of this entry »


Showing key events with a timeline

Background features and articles on issues that took a long time to unravel often end up with a lot of important dates when something crucial for the story happened. Writing for online media offers you the opportunity to showcase those events in an interactive timeline, like this one that I did for the blog Frack This Shale, as part of my work for my MA in Science Journalism. It took me around two hours until it was ready for being published, and actually, the part that took more time was researching the events that I wanted to add to my timeline. Read the rest of this entry »

How to fusion tables for creating maps

Knowing how to fusion tables in Google Drive is a very useful skill to create nice maps to visualize data and improve the understanding of a story. The following are the steps I followed to produce this map: Read the rest of this entry »