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202 | Visualizing the Media

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Newspapers and other media outlets have dramatically changed how they present the news, using graphics to drive stories, following a “mobile imperative,” and even developing experiments in augmented reality. Last year the New York Times issued a manifesto of sorts, arguing that the “report needs to become more visual.” So how are news consumers responding to—and benefiting from—these efforts? Join our panel of newsroom insiders, Steve Duenes, the assistant masthead editor at the New York Times, Lazaro Gamio, visuals editor at Axios, and Jonathon Berlin, who leads the data and graphics team at the Chicago Tribune, for an in-depth look at media’s brave new visual age.


Steve Duenes is an Assistant Masthead Editor at The New York Times, focusing on digital storytelling and visualization. He manages the Graphics Department, Interactive News Technology and Digital Design — three units that are responsible for all kinds of visual journalism, from reporting and design to interactive maps, data visualization, motion graphics and multimedia. Steve has been the Graphics Director at the Times since 2004, and he has been a contributor to The New Yorker magazine and a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Lazaro Gamio is the Visuals Editor at Axios, where he oversees the production of charts, maps, interactive graphics and editorial illustrations. Before Axios, he worked at the Washington Post as an assignment editor, leading a group of visual journalists through pitching, developing and perfecting data visualization projects for both print and web.

Jonathon Berlin is the leader of the data and graphics team at the Chicago Tribune. The team tells data-centered stories in a visual format. He has been an adjunct at Northwestern and Columbia College where he taught infographics, data visualization and human-centered web design. Jonathon was president of the Society for News Design in 2012. He teaches the data visualization course at the annual Western Kentucky University's Mountain Workshops. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois journalism school and lives in Chicago with his wife and three kids.

Jackie Spinner is an associate professor of journalism at Columbia College Chicago, where she oversees the photojournalism program and advises the student veteran organization. She was a staff writer for The Washington Post for 14 years and covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She has contributed to the Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy magazine, Slate, Glamour and American Journalism Review. Spinner is the author of Tell Them I Didn’t Cry: A young journalist’s story of joy, loss and survival in Iraq and recently spent three months in Morocco producing her first documentary “Don’t Forget Me”.

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