Pros and Cons of White House made Infographic

The White House came out with an infographic to help clarify Obama’s envisioned reforms for renewable energy. The infographic is certainly informative, but I find the blog post about it  from Cool Infographics even better. In the post, they analyze the infographic and tell us where the design fails and where its exceptional. So click on the photo to read all about it.

Policy statement against fictional infographics

(Statement prompted by overload of fictional Bin Laden infographics lately.)

The blogger: Chiqui Esteban

These are the points of the statement, which I strongly support. Visual journalism is, above any other thing, journalism.
1. An infographic is, by definition, a visual display of facts and data. Therefore, no infographic can be produced in the absence of reliable information.

2. No infographic should include elements that are not based on known facts and available evidence.

3. No infographic should be presented as being factual when it is fictional or based on unverified assumptions.

4. No infographic should be published without crediting its source(s) of information.

5. Information graphics professionals should refuse to produce any visual presentation that includes imaginary components designed to make it more “appealing” or “spectacular”. Editors must refrain from asking for graphics that don’t stick to available evidence.

6. Infographics are neither illustrations nor “art”. Infographics are visual journalism and must be governed by the same ethical standards that apply to other areas of the profession.

Read complete and endorse at NiemanWatchdog.org.