Mass COVID burial site in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

5 Post-Pandemic Data Story Ideas for Journalists

Since the start of the pandemic in early 2020, data-driven reporting on COVID-19 has gone through several phases, including infection trends and vaccination rates. Here, a leading Malaysia-based data journalism trainer shares five post-pandemic coverage areas where data reporting can be equally effective.

Nobel Prize

Data Journalism Top 10: Nobel Prizes, Hong Kong Crackdown, UK Fuel Shortages, Halloween Costumes

The most popular data journalism stories on Twitter between October 4 – 10, as discovered by our NodeXL mapping and human curation, feature stories on the Nobel prizes awarded to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, reporting on Hong Kong’s national security law, a look at a fuel shortage in the UK, and a seasonal selection of Halloween costumes.

Fundraising Sustainability Media

How a US Newspaper Raised $1 Million to Fund Investigations

In this excerpt, the executive editor of a regional US news outlet reveals the tactics that worked — and didn’t work — in their innovative campaign to raise $1 million to fund investigations. Among the key tips that emerged: one-on-one meetings, direct reach-outs, and published “what it cost” boxes are effective, and framing the pitch around benefits for the community, rather than the outlet, causes donors to dig deeper.

Political Kidnapping and Forced Disappearances

Disappearing people benefits the perpetrators in several ways: it considerably complicates any investigation, the person — dead or alive — remains hidden most of the time, and it can be mixed or confused with other crimes, such as kidnapping, child abduction, human trafficking, forced recruitment, murder, or desecration of a human corpse.