Illustrating the Story: Comics and Illustrated Journalism

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April 05, 2012 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Illustrating the Story: Comics and Illustrated Journalism
Originally Broadcast On:
April 05, 2012
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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From interactive images to comics, an increasing number of journalists and news organizations are experimenting with new forms of illustrated journalism. And it’s no wonder: Visual journalism can be shared, generate web traffic and provide a engaging entry point into complex stories. But a successful foray into illustrated storytelling requires smart teamwork and a keen editorial eye.

In this one-hour Webinar, you will learn about the types of stories that can be effective illustrated journalism and you'll see some concrete examples of successful (and not-so-successful) projects.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to avoid common missteps of illustrated journalism
  • How to plan a project
  • Workflow strategies that bring a project to life
  • The leading practitioners in the field—and how you can find them
  • How to measure engagement via web traffic and social media
Who Should Take this Course:

Anyone interested in learning how to incorporate new forms of visual narrative, including comics and illustration, into your newsroom.

Course Instructor:

Erin Polgreen

Erin Polgreen is an internationally recognized strategist who works at the intersection of audience engagement, news innovation, and entrepreneurship. She is the founder, editor and publisher of Symbolia: The Tablet Magazine of Illustrated Journalism. She launched the Media Ideation Fellowships and regularly consults for a variety of foundations and media organizations. Product research, development and implementation are her favorite things.

Training Partner:

ONAvation Webinar Series

The ONAvation series, a partnership between the Online News Association and Poynter's News University, has been created to focus on applying cutting-edge technology to journalism. Founded in 1999, ONA now has more than 1,600 professional members whose principal livelihood involves gathering or producing news for digital presentation.

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