Exposing the Cost of Police Misconduct in Chicago

In researching Settling for Misconduct, a story on settlements and judgments of police misconduct, the Chicago Reporter had to account for details from hundreds of county and federal court filings, identify thousands of officers named in civil complaints, tally hundreds of millions of dollars in monetary awards and input all these data in a proper database. They also had to build a slick web app to present the data to the public. Here is how they did it.

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

Here are the hottest data journalism tweets for Jan 9-15, per our NodeXL mapping: DIY graphs (@nytgraphics); identifying megaregions (@undertheraedar); data reporting (@albertocairo); dataviz without data (@ddjournalism); colorizing images (@waseda_univ); Swiss climate shifts (@duc_qn); & more.

GIJN Member Civio: Fighting for Transparency in Spain

Access to public information, accountability and participatory democracy may have been a reality in many countries for some time — but in Spain they sounded like a utopia. Entrepreneur Jacobo Elosua and computer technician David Cabo decided that this had to change. Their brainchild, Civio, was just recognized with the Gabriel Garcia Marquez award in innovative journalism for its Medicamentalia investigation.

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

Here are the hottest data journalism tweets for Jan 2-8, per our NodeXL mapping: Twitter analysis tool (@MeCoDEM); free data course (@utknightcenter); data conferences (@albertocairo); Nobel Laureates (@ReutersGraphics); slopegraphs (@EdwardTufte); Boston subway (@msb5014); job (@FTcareers) & more.

The Twitterverse Of Donald Trump in 26,234 Tweets

Buzzfeed News wanted to get a better idea of where President-elect Donald Trump gets his information. So they analyzed everything he has tweeted since he launched his campaign and took a look at the links he has shared and the news sources they came from. Open Lab Fellow Lam Thuy Vo walks you through their process.

Peer Reviewing Our Data Stories

As journalists who analyze data for stories, we strive to hold ourselves accountable to a high standard of accuracy. But checking our work is rarely a straightforward process. Newsroom editors and fact-checkers might not have enough data expertise. Often, we need an outside opinion. Ideally, we could ask each other for advice, or even turn to experts in other fields for help. In academia, asking for outside comment before publication is broadly referred to as “peer review.”

Top Ten #ddj: 2016’s Most Popular Data Journalism Links

Here are the top data journalism tweets for 2016, per our NodeXL mapping: #PanamaPapers (@ICIJorg); #ddj awards (@GENinnovate); China stereotypes (@ForeignPolicy); U.S. poor & shrinking middle class (@NYTimes, @FT); Earth temps (@HomesAtMetacoda); Germany’s greenest cities (@morgenpost); & more.

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

What are the hottest data journalism tweets? Here are top links for Dec. 12-18: An ode to bar charts (@stdbrouw); recommended data read (@albertocairo); CO2 emissions (@CarbonBrief); world tax & GDP data (@MaxCRoser); Twitter network graph (@was3210); French origins (@LeTelegramme); & more.