How Costa Rica’s La Nación is Telling Stories Visually

Jun 112013

When U.S. President Barack Obama visited San José, Costa Rica this spring, he brought along the biggest security operation in the country’s history.

Costa Rica’s La Nación newspaper knew its audience would be keenly interested in the logistics of a visit that would affect traffic throughout the city that day. But instead of simply describing the facts in an article or chart, La Nación put together a multimedia package showing road closures, the presidential plane, the history of U.S. presidential visits to the country and more.

IJNet talked with visual storyteller Mariana Santos, who is working with La Nación as part of her Knight International Journalism Fellowship, about how the project came together.

Read the interview on IJNet.


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