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May 09 2011



Last week, we saw how some of the “worst offenders” explained the Osama bin Laden story with fictional graphics.

As soon as I started to post some tuitts in my Twitter account @GINER, I saw that many colleagues from many countries reacted in the same way, among them ny friend Alberto Cairo, the infographics editor of EPOCA magazine in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

With Alberto, we wrote “six basic rules” that must be observed to deliver real news with graphics.

Then I contacted Barry Sussman, an INNOVATION Senior Consultant that now serves as editor of the Harvard University Nieman Watchdog Project and he offered that website to post the “check-list” with a short article, and a first list with 58 colleagues from 22 countries immediately endorsed the statement.

Claude Erbsen in New York edited the “six rules” and Barry Sussman in Washington DC edited the full article.

A few minutes ago all this was posted at the Nieman Watchdog website with the same illustration that leads this post, as it fits the purpose and sense of this statement: the front page of the William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal “explaining” the news from Cuba.

And we included a few examples from some of the “worst offenders.”

Like this one from UOL in Brazil:

This from the Daily Mail in the UK:

This one from CBS News:

This one from ABC in Madrid:

This one from the Hindustan Times in India:

This one from NMA News in Taiwan:

Or this from JT France:

You can find an extensive selection with wise comments of Gert K Nielsen about some of the best and worst infographics in his blog VisualJournalism.

But, more important, we just wanted to stress five ideas:

  • Facts ,not fiction, is what drives Journalism.
  • Visual Journalism is not Show Business.
  • Editors must lead this battle against fake information.
  • Visual journalists must resist any pressure to deliver graphics “at any cost.”
  • And infographics are not a substitute when we don’t have real information.

This what I learned from Alejandro Malofiej, Miguel Urabayen, Peter Sullivan, Mario Tascón, John Grimwade, Chiqui Esteban, Nigel Holmes or Javier Zarracina, and many of the best visual journalists of the world.

And we cannot accept less.

• If you agree with these convictions, please add your signature in the comments section of the Nieman Watchdog, spread the word between your newsrooms, and we will include your names in the next editions of this first wave of endorsements.

September 01 2010




INNOVATION’s Chiqui Esteban leads the New Narratives department of lainformacion.com in Madrid, Spain.

The graphic work done with his small team (he and Carlos Gamez plus Sarah Potts, an intern) is astonishing.

They have the support of the Art Director Antonio Pasagali, video and web developers, HTML designers of lainformacion.com but they do 90% of the final work.

They use Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop, Cinema 4d, Dreamweaver, Soundbooth, Premiere and Click2Map for Google Maps…

Chiqui and Carlos are fast like the best writers of the best newswire services.

They are quick, but accurate, and always focus on “the news behind the news” trying to explain, to find out, discover new angles and delivering not just facts but graphic ideas and fast quality journalism.

This is a 24/7 full time team and they are on permanent deadline mood.

Chiqui and Carlos have limited resources but unlimited creativity, and shows what you can do when you have real journalists.

Here you can review some of the work done during the last 12 months of lainformacion.com.


An amazing showcase of almost 400 pieces of first class visual journalism!

Keep in mind that lainformacion.com was founded by Mario Tascon, the most influential Spanish infographics journalist, a new pure digital media company that today has a new editor, Carlos Salas, a very visual journalist, founding editor of El Economista, the financial newspaper launched by INNOVATION, and one the Best Designed Newspapers of the World.

And more:

Chiqui has been able to lead all this effort and at the same time work with many INNOVATION clients around the world teaching and preaching the New Visual Journalism Gospel.

Follow his Spanish/English blog.

A must-read blog.

January 07 2010




I am starting tomorrow in www.lainformacion.com an only 20-day long blog in Spanish about the launch of the new Apple tablet.

I will ended in San Francisco on January 27th when Steve Jobs presents the tablet.

In less than 24 hours, Mario Tascon, Vanesa Jimenez, Jorge Martin Luengo and Antonio Pasagali from Diximedia made the miracle.

What a team!

And thanks too, to Luis Grañena that will draw one superb caricature every day just for the blog.

See above the first one about Steve Jobs,

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