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A charticle is a combination of text, images and graphics that takes the place of a full article.[1][2][3] Unlike a traditional news article that usually consists of large blocks of text with occasional images or other graphics used to enhance the article's visual appeal or to convey some ancillary information, a charticle is composed primarily of an image with text used only sparingly to provide additional information. The ratio of text to images is inverted in a charticle compared to a traditional article, essentially making it the graphic novel equivalent of a traditional news article.


Claims have been made that Van McKenzie, the sports editor at the Orlando Sentinel and St. Petersburg Times, incorporated graphics with text in the 1970s. Others claim that Edward Tufte, a pioneer in information design, is behind the charticle even though he has not coined the term.[4]

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  1. ^ Stickney, Dane (October–November 2008). "Charticle Fever". American Journalism Review. Retrieved 6 Jan 2009. 
  2. ^ Passante, Christopher K. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Journalism. Penguin. p. 54. ISBN 9781592576708. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Saleh, Naveed. The Complete Guide to Article Writing: How to Write Successful Articles for Online and Print Markets. Writer's Digest Books. pp. 203–204. ISBN 9781599637525. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  4. ^ Stickney, Dane (October–November 2008). "Charticle Fever". American Journalism Review. Retrieved 4 Mar 2015.