First speakers confirmed! The 28th Infographics World Conference will be held in Pamplona from 23 to 27 March 2020 at the School of Communication of the University of Navarra.
We are proud to confirm the speakers for Malofiej 28.
Shazna Nessa (The Wall Street Journal), Julia Wolfe (FiveThirtyEight), Harkanwal Singh (Westpac, Elements Data Study), Lynn Cherny, Fernando Cucchietti (Barcelona Supercomputer Center), Haeyoun Park (The New York Times), Aaron Williams (The Washington Post), Amanda Montañez (Scientific American Magazine), Saulo Santana (Axel Springer / Bild am Sonntag), Delphine Papin (Le Monde), Chineme Okafor (Thisday Newspapers), Catherine Qian Ma (Innovation Center of Integrated Media), Jane Pong (Financial Times), Sara Sprinkhuizen (De Correspondent) and Anna Wiederkehr (FiveThirtyEight).
Lynn Cherny has had a distinguished career working in user research, data mining, and UX design at companies ranging from early internet startups like Excite.com to Adobe and Autodesk. Lynn was awarded a Knight Fellowship to the University of Miami in 2015, where she taught interactive data analysis and visualization courses. She also developed and taught introductory data science and NLP courses at a French business school. Lynn has written 2 books about early Internet communities and holds a Ph.D. from Stanford in Linguistics and an M.Phil. from Cambridge University in Computational Linguistics.
Haeyoun Park is a visual editor on the Politics Desk of The New York Times, leading the desk’s visual coverage of the 2020 presidential campaign. During the 2018 midterm elections, she edited an award-winning series of stories about the historic number of women and minorities running for office. In 2017, she covered Republican efforts to dismantle Obamacare as a beat reporter on the Graphics Desk. Before that, she covered national issues for more than 10 years and traveled across the country to do reporting, including for a piece about violence in Chicago, which was nominated for an Emmy and won a gold medal in the 2016 SND Best of Digital Design Competition. Before joining The Times in 2006, she was the Graphics Director at the Chicago Tribune.
Shazna Nessa is the Global Head of Visuals at The Wall Street Journal. Shazna started her career in technology and interaction design. Prior journalism roles include: Director of journalism at Knight Foundation; Deputy Managing Editor, visuals and product at the Associated Press; and Executive Producer overseeing the design, video and graphics teams at Conde Nast Portfolio.com.Shazna was born in London and graduated from the Sorbonne in Paris. She was a 2009 Sulzberger fellow, and a 2014 John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University.
Talk title: The Future of Visual Journalism: Craft and Collaboration
Harkanwal Singh is a data visualisation engineer. He is currently working at Westpac/Elements Data Studio. He previously created and led the first data journalism department at the New Zealand Herald. He previously worked at Fairfax NZ as the first full-time data journalist in NZ.
Talk title: Introducing data journalism in the land of the long white cloud
Aaron Williams is an investigative data reporter who specializes in data analysis and visualization for The Washington Post. Before joining the investigative team he was a reporter for the Post’s graphics desk. He previously covered housing, campaign finance, police and local politics for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Center for Investigative Reporting. He worked on the graphics for the Post’s Murder with Impunity series, which was a 2019 Pulitzer Prize finalist for explanatory reporting.
Talk title: On collaborative design and empathy in visualization
“In this talk, I plan to show how I’ve used collaborative tools to democratize my approach to visualization and how my experiences growing up informed the way I think about the craft”
Julia Wolfe is a visual journalist at FiveThirtyEight and adjunct lecturer at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, she worked at The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, and The Toronto Star. She has won several awards, including the 2018 data journalism award for Best News Data App and the 2016 Statistical Society of Canada’s Excellence in Data Journalism Award.
Talk title: Finding a Mission for Your Graphics and Your Team
“We work at values-driven organizations. Those can vary across newsrooms, but they are quoted during edit meetings as reason enough to do, or not do, any particular work. Think “Transparent”, “Subscriber-driven” or “Timesian.” How can our niche departments determine the values that matter to us? In this talk, we’ll look at how we can define, disseminate and live up to the lofty ideals that drove us into journalism to begin with”
Anna Wiederkehr is a designer with a background in journalism and data visualization. She is currently a Visual Journalist at FiveThirtyEight in New York City. Previously she led the Graphics Team at the Neue Zürcher Zeitung in Switzerland where she established a public and uniform visual language for data-based graphics through the merging of the print and digital products. She holds a Masters in Design from Zürich University of the Arts where her research focus was on Emotion Visualization.
Amanda Montañez is a graphics editor at Scientific American in New York City, where she has worked in digital and print media since 2015, producing and art directing information graphics and occasionally writing content for the magazine. She has a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Smith College and a master’s in biomedical communications from the University of Toronto. Before starting in journalism, she worked as a freelance medical illustrator.
Chineme, is a business journalist and has worked for 10 years covering the Nigerian and global energy market – electricity, oil and gas, for THISDAY Newspapers from its Abuja Bureau. He also writes on infrastructure and urban poverty for the newspaper, and occasionally steps in as an in-house business and economy analyst for the paper’s broadcast arm, Arise News Network which broadcasts from Abuja, London, and New York. He has degrees in business, education, and international diplomacy. In 2019, he was awarded a journalist fellowship at the prestigious Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) in the University of Oxford, where he researched on the growing use of infographics and new media tools in Nigeria’s journalism.
Talk title: A ‘New’ Table for All in Africa. How data visualization can help journalists further give people access to information in Nigeria, Africa.
“Infographics have a unique way of explaining concepts to people and allow them to explore the data independently. With the right combination of data, design, technologies and networks, it can become the most convenient method of bringing statistics to life.
Because good infographics ought to educate and inform people in a quick, clear and engaging manner, journalists have found them to be very useful journalistic tools in turning complex news source materials into simple editorial outputs. Africa is on the rise with its surging young and educated population, and her journalists can further democratize access to information in the continent through infographics. The young, old, educated, and uneducated in Africa have a space on this ‘new’ table”
Hi, I’m Catherine Ma from Beijing, China, now a first-year Ph.D. student at the University of Miami, advised by Dr. Alberto Cairo. I focus on data journalism research by using a constructive approach. I used to be a data journalist and designer in Xinhua News Agency, mainly looking into topics about traditional culture and popular science. I got my M.Eng and B.Eng in Tianjin University, majored in industrial design and interaction design. I love playing the piano, sketching and Taekwondo.
Talk title: Data visualization, reimaging the Stories of China
What is it like in China through data storytelling? In this lecture, I’m including data storytelling cases reflecting typical Chinese events and traditions. For instance, what Chinese parents are expecting when considering their children’s marriage, why Chinese poems Songci is so appealing, and how to prepare a family cuisine in the Chinese Spring Festival. Also, I’m going to show you the emerging formats applied in data storytelling, such as mini video, data sketches and augmented reality. Meanwhile, I will introduce several interesting newsgroups and individuals as well as their routine working in this field. As a whole, you will see that although data storytelling is still in its infancy in China, we are trying every effort to make it unique and stronger. It will enlighten the journalism future.
Sara Maria Sprinkhuizen is a physicist with a PhD in MRI scanner physics. She left the academic world to pursue her interest in data visualisations. That choice took her on a journey along a wide range of projects and lessons: from data journalism at the Dutch online newspaper De Correspondent to exploring the interface between science and art at the MIT Media Lab.
Talk title: Data vis: more than a science
Jane Pong is a data visualisation journalist at the Financial Times in Hong Kong, where she specialises in data-related information graphics. She designs visualisation tools that help the reader in finding patterns and stories in the data. Her work aims to bring beauty to scientific rigor and form to artistic introspection. Jane has previously worked as a graphics editor at South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, and Reuters in Singapore.
Talk title: From print to code: Designing for different media types
Fernando leads the Data Visualization and Analytics Group at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). He holds a Ph.D. in quantum computing, and currently works on data visualization for science (data-heavy graphical interfaces, images, and videos), data science applied to industrial problems (machine learning and artificial intelligence), and scientific visualization for dissemination, creating short video documentaries and interactive data visualizations that explain the science done at BSC.
Talk title: Data visualization for science communication
The 28th Infographics World Conference will be held in Pamplona at the School of Communication of the University of Navarra, between March 23 and 27, 2020. The Infographics World Conference will bring together jury members, speakers, media professionals from around the world, academics and students.