“The events unfolding in Iraq often defy easy explanation. To take it all in, a reader must understand complicated military technology, vast cultural differences, great stretches of geography, and complex jargon. By working to simplify and define, a visual journalist can help a reader to better understand — illustrating the way something works, outlining key relationships or creating a chronology of events, for example. Poynter Online would like to showcase the efforts of visual journalists as they help readers find clarity. ‘The Art of Explanation’ is a place to share ideas and processes as we continue to improve the graphics we create. We invite artists from around the world to share-pieces that worked well for their audience.”