The Guardian just announced Xaquín González Veira will guide the new Guardian Visuals team as editor. Guardian Visuals is the publication's next effort blending the "raw materials of visual journalism" by combining its graphics, picture and interactive teams as well as drawing some members from its digital design and multimedia departments. Currently a senior editor for National Geographic's interactive team, González Veira has been responsible for producing and coordinating their data visualizations and multimedia narratives. Sounds like he'll be an excellent fit for the Guardian's latest creation.
"HUGE (again: HUGE) NEWS: @xocasgv to work with @pilhofer at the @guardian He'll be the Editor of @GraphicGuardian in London. Congrats both," tweeted visualization professor Alberto Cairo, before adding, "And congrats to @guardian @GraphicGuardian, too. @xocasgv is among the best in the world. Now, just call him 'Joaquín'. He really likes that."
(Something tells us he doesn't!)
A nice touch: the Guardian Visuals Twitter account made the announcement partially in Galician, in a nod to González Veira's heritage: "Benvido neno, aka @xocasgv ! Looking forward to welcoming you @guardian as editor of Guardian Visuals from December."
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