Information Design Course: Tips and Tricks for Doing Visual Journalism 2016

The Centre for Media Studies at SSE Riga invites journalists to the information design course Tips and Tricks for Doing Visual Journalism. 

N.B. The seminar on March 17 - 18 will be held in English. Evening workshops on March 23 and 30, April 6 and 13 will be held in Latvian.

N.B. 17.-18. marta semināra norises valoda: angļu. 23. un 30. marta, 6. un 13. aprīļa darbnīcu norises valoda: latviešu.

The course will offer two seminars based on examples and best practices by Xaquín G Veiram, the Editor of The Guardian Visuals, and will be followed by four workshops.

Visual Journalism seminars
Meet Xaquín G Veira, a giant in visual journalism.

Dates: March 17 and 18*, 2016

Time: 9:30 - 17:30

* As the second day of the Visual Journalism seminar (March 18) collides with the Latvian Journalist Association's Conference we understand if someone wants to attend the conference on Friday, thereby skipping the second part of the seminar.


Xaquín G Veira heads The Guardian Visuals, a 50-person, cross-disciplinary desk of graphic, interactive, multimedia and picture editors at The Guardian, responsible for the paper’s interactive stories, graphics and data visualisations in all its platforms – from print to mobile. Before that, he worked at National Geographic, The New York Times, Newsweek, El Mundo and La Voz de Galicia. He moonlights as a chef. And Roi’s dad.

Xaquín G Veira will talk about how visualisation devices connect with data types and types of observations for data. He will also explain the process from collection/acquisition to analysis, representation and annotation. How to connect humans and data about humans. And the potential of visual storytelling in affecting people's perception of the world. All through examples and critique.

Do It Yourself workshops (limited seats)

Dates: March 23 and 30, April 6 and 13, 2016
Time: 18:00 - 21:00

(Nodarbības notiks latviešu valodā)

We invite you to participate in workshops where you can develop your data visualisation skills. Each workshop can accommodate a maximum of 15 participants. Workshop participants will need to bring personal laptops (PC or Mac).

1. March 23. Tricks of visualisation. The basics.
How to work with photos, PDF files, upload them on social networks, etc. Also, how to find different easily accessible free online tools.
Lecturer: Kristaps Pētersons, journalist

2. March 30. Information design.
More advanced than the first lecture. Which visualisation tools to use to make your story more easily understandable and still look professional. We plan to choose specific, published media articles and show how it was possible to make them more user-friendly.
Lecturer: Kristaps Pētersons, journalist

3. April 6. Data visualisation.
Different tools for data visualisation, including interactive graphics. You will also be given the task to create a graph for the story you are working on at the time.
Lecturer: Nika Aleksejeva, journalist

4. April 13. Video. Tips and tricks.
Simple tools for filming, cutting and uploading videos. Tricks for specific platforms – Facebook, Twitter.
Lecturer: Kristaps Pētersons, journalist

About the workhsop lecturers:

Kristaps Pētersons is a graphic design and illustration enthusiast, product designer, and visualisation specialist. Currently he is working on logos, packaging and corporate design.

Nika Aleksejeva is a passionate data storyteller from Nika comes from a journalism background – her work involved writing on business topics and making them data-driven. Seeing the future in digital journalism, she continues to work and share knowledge to help develop new communication forms.

Participation free of charge.
Please note that only journalists/journalism students can participate in the course.


Please register for the seminars and workshops here >>>

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