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Jun 30, 2016

Many journalists from the Northwest have visited the seminars of the Danish expert on infographics Ole Rode  Jensen. This June the opportunity to "pump" the knowledge and skills was given to Murmansk journalists and students of journalism. For two days the representative of the Nordic Journalism Centre, lecturer of Danish school of journalism and media told and taught how to use free and accessible data visualization tools.

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Jun 30, 2016


Many journalists from the Northwest have visited the seminars of the Danish expert on infographics Ole Rode  Jensen. This June the opportunity to "pump" the knowledge and skills was given to Murmansk journalists and students of journalism. For two days the representative of the Nordic Journalism Centre, lecturer of Danish school of journalism and media told and taught how to use free and accessible data visualization tools.


 

— I'll tell you about infographic everything I know the way I see it and my life experience tells me — the speaker started. Specifically for the seminar, Ole had created a site where he collected all the useful links and practical exercises on working with data visualization tools. By signing up, you can use free services.

The series of seminars "Data Visualization" organized jointly by the Regional Press Institute and the Nordic Journalistic Centre (financed by the Council of Ministers of the Nordic countries, coordinated by the Danish school of journalism and media).

The expert began with an interesting history. Once at a flea market in Denmark, among other ancient things he found the folder printed in the USSR back in the fifties. In the folder there was a real Soviet infographics: data on demography, economy, industry of the Soviet Union represented in visual form. For example, the national composition of the population of the USSR was presented in the form of hand-drawn male figures in national costumes. People were of different heights - depending on their number among all the country's inhabitants.

Ole  himself is not a journalist and not an artist by education. But his whole career he has been engaged in data visualization, since the time when infographics were painted by hand. So what qualities are needed to create a quality infographic?
According to the experts it implies:
— Counting: mathematics and geometry, knowledge of formulas for calculation;
— Drawing: beauty and clarity;
— Writing and to gathering journalistic competence;
— Organizing information correctly and clearly;
— using the solution repeatedly

For journalists working in electronic media or producing a blog it is useful to possess the services to create infographics. They can be placed as a separate material, as an illustration to the text, as part of a longread which is interesting not just to read but to click, examine, study.

Liana Mkhitaryan
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Translated by Tatiana Polkova

Barents Press is a network for Finnish, Norwegian,Swedish and Russian journalists in the Barents Region, and counts as one of Europe's most successful journalistic network across country borders.

It is unique in many way; mostly because of its vast geographic coverage which includes many societies and native populations.

The initiative to the foundation of the BP association was officially taken at the Barents  ministerial in Kirkenes, January 1993. At this time, there was a kind of euphoria in which everything seemed possible. Soon, especially the Norwegians were eager to create connections towards northwestern Russia; Murmansk and Arkhangelsk.

In Saariselkä, Finland, February 18-19 1995 the descision was taken to let Barents Press be an open forum with a purpose to develop contacts and arrange seminars. The leadership function constists of an international board of two members from each country. The presidency is circulating and is parallel to the country of the chairman of the Barents ministry.

In each of the member countries, national boards are elected.

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