Sad Tunes Algorithm, Fragapane’s Beautiful Dataviz, African Pay Gap, Euro-Xenophobia

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from Sept 10 to 16 finds @miriamquick analyzing @Spotify data to rank the top five saddest songs, @Code4Africa creates a tool to measure gender pay gap in African countries, @fedfragapane shares beautiful illustrations on Instagram, #edjnet finds Italy, Turkey and Greece topping the list of Europe’s xenophobic countries, and @TaylorMirf highlights the low rates of immunizations in Washington state.

How #MeToo China Inspired a User-Generated Model of Investigative Journalism

As the Chinese Communist Party tightens its grip on the news media, investigative journalism has suffered a heavy toll, disappearing from China’s newsrooms. But the recent outpouring of #MeToo reporting in China has signaled the emergence of a new genre of investigative journalism. One that is marked by a wave of user-generated content, with professional journalists serving as aggregators and fact-checkers, in addition to performing traditional reporting tasks such as deep reporting and writing.  

How to Start Your Own Media Newsletter

Your newsletter mailing list is made up of real people who have allowed you into some of the most prime real estate in the world: their inbox, and this privilege should not be abused. Splice Newsroom offers their tips to offer your subscribers quality content.

Paul Manafort’s Money Laundering

Here’s 76 pages — filed in US federal court today — of excruciating detail on how former Trump presidential campaign chief Paul Manafort laundered millions of dollars from Ukraine and elsewhere between 2006 and 2015, using scores of “corporations, partnerships, and bank accounts” in the US, Grenadines, and UK.

Document of the Day: DataViz Cheatsheet

Economist Jonathan Schwabish created a handy data visualization cheatsheet with straightforward key principles to adhere to when creating data visualizations. Remember: avoid 3D, make labels easy to read and try small multiples.