The Center for Communication, Culture and Change is excited to announce that Alberto Cairo will be named the next Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication!

Cairo will bring his internationally-recognized expertise in multimedia data visualization to Center-related projects including interdisciplinary cancer communication initiatives. A potential project on the horizon for the new Knight Chair includes working on a website that would provide cancer patients with the information that they need about clinical trial participation and whether or not it is useful. This site would use infographics and interactivity to effectively communicate pertinent information.

An assistant professor in the department of Journalism and Media Management at the School of Communication, Cairo also serves as the director of the visualization program at the University of Miami’s Center for Computational Science ( One of Cairo’s main passions as a journalist is using infographics and data journalism as a means to provide good information not only to journalists but also to people to help them make better informed decisions. He enjoys teaching journalists and others who take his courses how to handle data correctly and how to represent it visually.

In 2013, he created the first journalism Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ever taught in the world titled “Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization,” which has attracted more than 14,000 students from more than 100 countries in its four editions. Cairo is currently working on his next book, tentatively titled “The Truthful Art: Communicating With Data, Charts, and Maps” to be published in 2016. When his busy schedule allows, Cairo enjoys spending time with his family and reading about a wide variety of subjects.  For more on his background, please visit these related links, bio page:, website:, Twitter: