A picture is worth thousand words. This is especially true in this era of information overload and lighting speed digital communication. Information needs to be presented in a way that both attracts attention and provides quality information for the readers.
That is part of the reasoning for UNESCO to partner with online community platform for data visualization, Visual.ly in an infographics competition to raise awareness of the first International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on 2 November 2014.
The competition also drew in a new segment of the public to raise awareness on the dangers of impunity for crimes against journalists and media workers. UNESCO received over 130 submissions in five different languages, all of exceptional quality.
The winning infographic, submitted by young journalists Gabriel Orihuela, Elizabeth Ortiz, and graphic designer José Juan González Morales from Mexico, was chosen for its clear depiction of the dangers journalists face and the detrimental effects of impunity.
Since the quality of submissions was very high, nineteen other entries were selected for Honourable Mention for their design, creativity, and narrative skills.
The new UNESCO Director-General's Report on Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity served as the basis for the infographics. Designers were tasked to visualize the data of the report in an educative manner yet enables easy sharing on social media as well as raising public awareness of this serious issue.
The high amount of submissions clearly shows that the issues of impunity and safety of journalists which are crucial to the fundamental human rights of freedom of expression are issues close to many people.
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