Michigan State University’s Karl Gude returns to SND STL for more free and fabulous visualization tools

You all spoke in the SND conference surveys, and we listened. We’re pleased to welcome Karl Gude back for an update to his popular and practical session:

Free (and fabulous) visualization software online

If you missed Karl in Denver, we’ve brought him back to expand on his ever-growing list of free online software for generating visualizations of all sorts: GIS maps, graphs, timelines, slideshows, animations, collages and the like. Also, if you don’t feel like buying the Adobe Suite, there is really good open-source software that can do layout and design, draw, manipulate photos, edit movies and more. Karl will help you sort through the mass of them and let you know the best ones to use to help visualize your stories by giving you an overview of the capabilities of each. Attendees are also welcome to share any free software that they like to use.

Karl Gude

Karl Gude

Karl Gude has been creating news graphics since the late 70s and is one of the few visual journalists who has worked for newspapers, news magazines and wire services. Up until recently, Karl spent nearly a decade as the Director of Information Graphics at Newsweek magazine and also held that position at the The Associated Press and United Press International wire services. He also directed the graphics departments at two large daily newspapers, the New York Daily News and the short-lived National Sports Daily.

During his more than a quarter of a century in news, Karl has covered seven presidential elections, a slew of wars, terrorist attacks and natural disasters, and countless medical and science discoveries. Karl diagramed what caused Mt. St. Helens to explode, how John Lennon and the Pope were shot and how the planes hit the World Trade Center. He mapped the route of British troops through the Falkland Islands and the progress of U.S. soldiers as they headed toward Baghdad. He charted the ups and downs of the U.S. economy and used statistics to illustrate how Enron executives lied to their stockholders.

Karl left Newsweek in 2006 after accepting a position at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism to create an information graphics program.