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

Here are the top data journalism tweets for March 20-26, per our NodeXL mapping: record low Arctic ice (@NASA); Europe’s STEM gender issue (@MSFTnews); satellite imagery search (@ddjournalism); Western Europe terrorism (@TheEconomist); storm #dataviz (@sciam); data resources (@jschwabish); & more.

The Tax Disclosure Project

Last month, an international group of investigative journalists launched the Tax Disclosure Project – a global initiative requesting politicians in 20 countries to publicly disclose their tax returns. The project, coordinated by Finance Uncovered, aims to ensure transparency, accountability and an avoidance of wrongdoing and potential conflicts of interest among lawmakers. In this piece, Finance Uncovered co-director Nick Mathiason shares with GIJN the process of setting up this cross-border collaboration.

Data Biographies: Getting to Know Your Data

Too often, inexperienced data users accept the data they receive at face value. Data scientist Heather Krause cautions that data should be treated similar to a human source. Just as you’d do a background check on a human source before publishing what they told you, you need to understand your data.

Digital Strategy: Prioritize Community, Not Audience

The old news business model has been serving advertisers and investors at the expense of the most important people in the media equation — the public, the readers, the users. But now that digital media have broken up that arranged marriage of advertising and news content, publishers are rediscovering the importance of focusing on serving readers.

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

Here are the top data journalism tweets for March 13-19, per our NodeXL mapping: #NICAR17 resources (@MacDiva); Breitbart network analysis (@CJR); climate change calculator (@FT); Trump’s Budget (@washingtonpost); Berlin pickpockets (@berlinerzeitung); Caracas jobless (@CamburYMedio); & more.

How Reader Engagement Helped Unearth Shell Tape

De Correspondent, a Dutch member-funded journalism platform, leverages on the shared knowledge and experience of their 55,000 paying members as much as possible in their reporting. Here’s their 3-step workflow incorporating reader engagement, which helped them land their scoop on Shell.

Can Philanthropy Save the Media?

The media, civil society, and democracy are under unprecedented duress around the world. Protecting the independent media and the public sphere presents an “epic challenge,” but there is great opportunity for philanthropy to step up and help. Bruce Sievers and Patrice Schneider detail five avenues worth pursuing in funding news media and argue that charitable donors should significantly increase their investment in the media.

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

Here are the top data journalism tweets for March 6-12, per our NodeXL mapping: ski resorts & climate (@SPIEGELONLINE); science reporting grants (@ddjournalism); chart chooser (Andrei Pandre); #Tapestryconf recap (@catmule); scraping MP data (@marcelpauly); US middle class fail (@nytimes); & more.

Poder360: Brazil’s “Politico” Digs into Politics and Power

When he was laid off from Folha de S. Paulo in 2014, political reporter and columnist Fernando Rodrigues did not stop his behind-the-scenes coverage of power in Brasilia. He continued to write for his blog, which he had kept for 14 years, and to participate in a radio show. Shortly thereafter, he launched his own company, an innovative startup that has been growing, making profits and hiring journalists.