An all-star team of trainers will gather at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill on April 11-12. Alberto Cairo, Jeff Goertzen and Karl Gude will teach an intense two days on infographics.

Want a real challenge? Attend this graphics workshop and learn the hard-core facts of what it takes to conceptualize, research and design cutting-edge informational graphics for both print and web. And it's not a workshop just for artists. We want reporters and designers from the newsroom to attend as well. Our hands-on workshop is a perfect opportunity for reporters, designers and artists to learn from each other in the concept and fact-gathering and design process. It's a team effort.

FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2008

9 a.m. Introduction by Don Wittekind

9:15 a.m. Concepts and content by Karl Gude
The challenges we face in getting good ideas from our own departments and the newsroom. How to get reporters to collaborate with the graphics department in getting information. When does the newsroom do the research and when does the graphics department. How do you get the good information and imagery you need to create an informative and compelling graphic.

10:15 a.m. Design basics by Jeff Goertzen
What works and what doesn't work in graphics design? Is there a formula that works? This lecture will show you the basic steps to organizing your content for dynamic, easy-to-read graphics. From simple vector graphics to 3-D renderings, you'll learn it all.

11:15 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. Graphics Gone Web by Alberto Cairo
Does my graphics department need to web graphics? If so, how often? We'll take a serious look at the common challenges graphics departments face when making the commitment to create web graphics and what it takes to overcome those challenges.

1 p.m. Lunch

2 p.m. Workshop
Participants will break up into teams and hit the streets to look for a story to tell with visuals.

5 p.m. End of day


9 a.m. Workshop
Teams will report back to the graphics lab and sketch, write and execute their graphics. Teams will also be expected to sketch a story board for a web version of the graphic.

1 p.m. Lunch

2 p.m. Workshop
Project wrap up.

4 p.m. Critiques and group discussions of projects

5 p.m. End of day


Alberto Cairo is a professor of information graphics and multimedia at the School of Journalism-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the former director of Infographics at elmundo.es (El Mundo, Madrid). Between 2001 and 2005, Cairo's team in Spain won more Malofiej and SND.ies (Society for News Design) awards than any other news organization in the world. Since July 2005, his students at UNC have won already several Malofiej and SND.ies medals. Alberto’s work at UNC combines academic activity with a heavy professional orientation. He constantly consults and does freelance work for news publications. He runs workshops and makes presentations on information visualization all over the world. His Web site is www.albertocairo.com.

Jeff Goertzen is graphics editor for The Denver Post. He has served on the SND board of directors since 1998 organizing dozens of informational graphics workshops around the world. He has also organized in-house graphics workshops for nearly 80 newspapers worldwide and worked on redesign projects with Mario Garcia and Roger Black. In 1990, he worked in Madrid with El Mundo as their first graphics director when it was first launched. In 1992 he worked with El Periodico de Catalunya in Barcelona as graphics editor to orchestrate an intense graphics reporting project for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona with Karl Gude of AP and El Mundo that later won several SND Gold awards. Since 1987, he has been a regular visiting faculty member for The Poynter Institute for Media Studies. His has won dozens of international awards for his work in informational graphics, illustration and design. His degree is in fine arts and journalism. His favorite hobby is snowboarding with his family and, of course, graphics.

Karl Gude has been creating news graphics since the late 70s and is one of the few visual journalists who has worked for newspapers, news magazines and wire services. Up until recently, Karl spent nearly a decade as the Director of Information Graphics at Newsweek magazine and also held that position at the The Associated Press and United Press International wire services. He also directed the graphics departments at two large daily newspapers, the New York Daily News and the short-lived National Sports Daily. Throughout his career Karl has conducted scores of training workshops around the world on visualizing information, most recently in India. Karl left Newsweek in 2006 after accepting a position at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism to create an information graphics program.

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