Alberto Cairo joins Univision as visualization innovator-in-residence

Alberto Cairo, world-renowned infographics expert, is joining Univision Digital as the U.S. media company’s first visualization innovator-in-residence. He will keep his position as Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami School of Communication and will continue his long-time contributions to the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, where he has taught online courses for thousands of journalists from around the world.

Univision, which made the announcement on Dec. 16, said Cairo will be an internal consultant for the newsroom “to help establish guidelines and strategy for visual information content across all digital platforms,” according to a company release.

From his experience in the Univision newsroom, Cairo will produce “a research project on how data journalism, visualization and infographics have evolved during the last two decades,” Univision said. The project will be released as a book and website as Nerd Journalism: News Graphics and the Rise of the Journalist-Engineer.

Cairo is the author of The Functional Art: an Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization and The Truthful Art: Data Charts and Maps for Communication, to be released in March 2016.

He teaches one of the Knight Center for Journalism in the America’s most popular courses, “Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization.” The course has been offered four times in English and once in Portuguese.

Cairo has also taught multiple iterations of the popular “Data Visualization and Infographics with D3.” Starting on January 18, Cairo and data visualization expert Carlos Ordóñez will teach the first offering of the course in Spanish. Registration is still open.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.

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