Can We Make Algorithms More Accountable?

At the recent European Investigative Journalism and Dataharvest conference, Nicholas Diakopoulos spoke about the emergence of algorithmic accountability reporting, and how it applies the core journalistic functions of watchdogging and investigative reporting to algorithms.

Top Ten #ddj: The Week’s Top Data Journalism Items

What has the #ddj community been tweeting about? Our NodeXL mapping from May 15-21 includes North Korea’s targets (@PostGraphics), Wannacry’s ransomware spoils in real time (@TA_Interaktiv), Berlin’s space use in a gorgeous map (@tagesspiegel) and the White House guests (@Poynter & @Politico).

Top Ten #ddj: The Week’s Most Popular Data Journalism Links

Here are top data journalism tweets for May 1-7, per our NodeXL mapping: delayed cherry blossoms (@TheEconomist); dataviz how-to (@albertocairo); 20 million starving (@washingtonpost); Munich route planner code (@Munichrocker); FB German filter bubble (@SZ); Open Data Index (@pinardag); and more.

Top Ten #ddj: The Week’s Most Popular Data Journalism Links

Here are top data journalism tweets for Apr 24-30, per our NodeXL mapping: draw it yourself interactives (@br_data); visualizing Google searches (@albertocairo); opinion polls analysis (@SZ); Politibot’s graphics (@politibot); French election (@BIQdata); ProPublica jobs (@ProPublica); and more.

Top Ten #ddj: The Week’s Most Popular Data Journalism Links

Here are top data journalism tweets for Apr 10-16, per our NodeXL mapping: Brittany’s posh hotels (@dataspotTLG); Flourish #dataviz tool (@FastCoDesign); US health insurance (@NPR); hexagonal Europe (@MusMekh); visual vocabulary (@ftdata); data internships (@ONS); China’s rising water (@kimmelman); & more.

Helena Bengtsson: Bringing People Back to Facts

When faced with data journalism, journalists often say “Oh, I can’t do that, it’s too complicated” [or] “I hated math in school, I really can’t take the time to learn how to do this”. However, data expert Helena Bengtsson stresses that data journalism is not that hard, and insists that every journalist should have basic knowledge of how to sort and filter a spreadsheet, and do simple calculations.