Alberto Cairo receives Majeri Award for Graphics Journalism

Alberto Cairo Knight Chair in Visual Journalism

Alberto Cairo receives Majeri Award for Graphics Journalism

CCS Vizualization program director Alberto Cairo has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Majeri Award for Graphics Journalism from Ball State University’s Department of Journalism.

The Majeri Award is named after Tony Majeri, a longtime Chicago Tribune editor known for his creativity and innovation in information design. Majeri was a founding member of the Society for News Design (SND), and a member for four Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at the Chicago Tribune. He served as SND President, judged the annual “Best of Newspaper Design” competition, chaired the Annual Workshop, taught visual journalism to audiences around the world, and served as a mentor to countless designers in the news business.  In 2004, Majeri received the SND Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Majeri Award for Graphics Journalism recognizes innovation and leadership in the graphic journalism industry, and is given to an individual who has created a body of work that improves graphics reporting. Alberto Cairo, a professor of professional practice and Knight Chair in Visual Journalism, has been named as the 2018 recipient of the Majeri Award for Graphics Journalism.

Cairo teaches courses on information graphics and visualization and is the author of The Functional Art: an Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization, published in 2012, and The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication, published in 2016. His career extends farther than the U.S., having received a master’s degree in information society studies from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona and writing a book in Spanish on infographics that was published in Alamut, Spain in 2008.

“I have been working on infographics and data visualization since 1997, having led teams in Spain and Brazil, and taught mostly in the United States, where I also do consulting,” Cairo said.  Cairo received the news of his nomination last month.  “I was very happy, of course,” he said. “This is a big honor.”

Since 1998, Ball State department faculty have come together once a year to discuss nominees and select award recipients based on creativity, experience, innovation, and industry success. Ball State honored Alberto and all of the other award recipients at the annual Eugene S. Pulliam Awards luncheon on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 on Ball State’s campus in Muncie, Indiana.

CCS congratulates Alberto on this outstanding journalism achievement.