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Activity Number: 389
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Graphics
Abstract #311328
Title: Dialogue Between Data-Journalists and Statisticians
Author(s): Alberto Cairo*+ and Scott Klein*+ and Isabel Meirelles*+
Companies: University of Miami and ProPublica and Northeastern University
Keywords: Data journalism ; information design ; information visualization ; statistical graphics ; data visualization ; news graphics

Statisticians, data-journalists, computer scientists, graphic artists, and others contribute to the field of data visualization. Each of these fields holds its own conferences and all of these fields might benefit from more communication among them. This session begins a dialogue between data-journalists and statisticians. Three data journalists will participate: Alberto Cairo, Giorgia Lupi, and Scott Klein. Alberto, the author of The Functional Art, teaches information design at the University of Miami. Giorgia is co-founder and design director at Accurat, an information design company based in Milan and New York. Scott is with ProPublica, the investigative news outlet. The session will be a panel with three participants plus the chair moderating. Topics include advice data journalists have to offer to statisticians on how to design information graphics that, preserving the integrity of the data, attract and engage general, non-specialized audiences; the design process used in data journalism, and the factors at play in the development of what we now call "news graphics." In addition, the audience will be encouraged to ask questions throughout to make the session a true dialogue.

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