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Masterclass 53: Infographics for everyone

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You don't have to be a whizz at graphic design to create infographics anymore

A number of free tools now let onyone turn dense information into an attractive, easily-read and absorbed visual story 

So this masterclass is about how to do that.

But before we get to the free tools to use, we need to decide when, and why, infographics might be important to us as news reporters or storytellers.

So we'll look first at why infographics work, and what they are.

Then we'll map out some ground rules on how to tell a story via an infographic.

We'll look at the source material, the mix of stats and facts that will form the content of your infographic.

And we'll present a range of effective infographics to show what is achievable.

Then we'll build some infographics, using Piktochart, which I judge to be the best free tool.

Finally we'll look at some alternative infographic-building platforms including Infogr.am and Easel.ly.

Next: What are infographics and why use them?

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