So what is visual journalism? It’s a question I get asked a lot – not just by friends and family but by many colleagues in the more traditional walks of media life. For many in the newer fields of digital journalism, it’s simply about visualising data, or using graphics such as maps or charts to explain stories – and of course it is about that. But in the BBC, it’s also about bringing together our TV designers with the teams that create the more high-end multimedia graphics online and harnessing the unprecedented creative opportunities that brings. So we want to use our skill and creativity to engage and inform our audiences on the biggest, most significant stories, providing insightful, personal and shareable visual explanations.
The BBC’s Visual Journalism Editor unpacks what the term means.