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  • Schuneman Symposium on Photojournalism & New Media: 3/25/2014
Data Reportage:
Seeing Stories in Numbers
All events are free and open to the public
National Geographic: visualizing meaningful data for global audiences
Juan Velasco
Senior Editor, Art & Graphics
National Geographic
9-10:20 a.m., Baker Center Theater
KEYNOTE: From Explanation to Exploration
Lisa Strausfeld
Global Head of Data Visualization
10:30-11:50 a.m., Baker Center Theater
Data R People 2
John Sale
Assistant Managing Editor for Visuals
The Commercial Appeal
1:30-2:50 p.m., Baker Center Theater
Data as Context in Storytelling
Zach Wise
Associate Professor
Northwestern University/Knight Lab
3:05-4:25 p.m., Baker Center Theater
Finding the Heart of the Story
Sara Quinn
Poynter Institute
4:35-5:55 p.m., Baker Center Theater
  • Speaker Biographies:
Sara Quinn consults and teaches visual journalism, leadership, multimedia and curricular development. Her eyetracking research of newspaper, tablet and online reading habits for The Poynter Institute is used by journalists to help determine the best forms for storytelling. An affiliate faculty member at Poynter, she spent eleven years teaching at the Institute and nearly 20 years working in newspaper newsrooms, including the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida and her hometown newspaper, The Wichita Eagle in Kansas. Her workshops for newsrooms and universities have taken her around the world, most recently in Madrid, Vienna, Boston, Austin, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Montreal, Brussels, Stockholm and Helsinki. Sara has edited and designed magazines, websites, books and newspapers. Sara has a B.A. from Wichita State University and a master’s in illustration from Syracuse University.
John Sale is the visuals editor at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn. In 27 years as a picture editor, he has learned a lot from remarkable photojournalists and has felt fortunate to support their work in publications that value documentary photography and community journalism. The 1980 Ohio University graduate also worked at the Pittsburgh Press and The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash.
Lisa Strausfeld is a data visualization designer and entrepreneur. She joined Bloomberg in 2012 as Global Head of Data Visualization and leads a team (Bloomberg Visual Data) dedicated to creating a new genre of editorially driven interactive data products for Bloomberg’s consumer audience. Lisa was a partner at Pentagram from 2002 to 2011 where she built a practice around digital information projects including the design of large-scale media installations, software prototypes and user interfaces, signage and websites. Her clients included One Laptop per Child, GE, the Museum of Arts and Design, Bloomberg LP, MIT and the New York Times. Lisa left Pentagram to launch Major League Politics, a startup that measures and visualizes government activity with the goal of civic entertainment. Lisa received the 2010 National Design Award for Interaction Design. She holds five patents related to user interfaces, has been a Senior Scientist at the Gallup Organization since 2006, and has taught interactive design at the Yale School of Art and at NYU’s ITP program. Lisa has a BA from Brown in art history and computer science, an M Arch in architecture from Harvard and an MS from the MIT Media Lab.
Juan Velasco oversees visuals for National Geographic magazine. Prior to joining the magazine, he was a Graphics reporter at El Mundo (Spain) and the Graphics Art Director at The New York Times. He’s also an information graphics consultant and speaker who strives to combine journalism, art and design to turn on the light for readers and transform difficult concepts into clear, transformative learning experiences.
Zach Wise is an Emmy Award winning interactive producer and Associate Professor in The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. His innovative work and vision began at Ohio University when he was a Visiting Professor in the School of Visual Communication. There he founded the School's first annual digital initiative, Soul of Athens. The project won awards from POYi and NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism and went on to be the School's annual online publication. In 2007, Wise signed on to be the Senior Multimedia Producer for the Las Vegas Sun. He helped with the launch of its new website and created the site's first multimedia pieces. His other work at the Sun was recognized by the National Headliner Awards, Online News Association, Webby Awards, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, and more notably, the Pulitzer Prize, where his video and interactive regarding the Construction Deaths on the Strip, contributed to The Sun's first win. In 2008, Wise joined The New York Times’ Multimedia team. His work there has garnered a Peabody, several Emmy nominations, an Emmy award, and numerous other industry honors. A native of Athens, Ohio, Wise received his Masters Degree in Photojournalism from Ohio University in 2006. Every year, he travels nationally and internationally for speaking engagements, workshops, and competitions on the subject of multimedia and interactive storytelling.
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