This Week’s Top Ten in Data Journalism

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What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from Sept. 18 to 24 has datavizproject‘s Wikipedia of Data Visualization, the state of data journalism by @googlenewslab, a fun Dear Data Postcard Kit by @giorgialupi and @stefpos to share with your data penpal, and German election data stories by @dwnews, @tagesspiegel and @br_data.

Wikipedia for #Dataviz

You have one dataset, and countless ways to visualize it. Bar chart? Tree graph? The dreadful pie chart? The Data Viz Project has more than 150 types of visualizations, neatly categorized and easily searchable, to show you what data visualizations could work for your dataset.

Data Journalism in 2017

Google News Lab, in collaboration with PolicyViz, conducted a series of 56 in-depth interviews in the U.S., UK, Germany and France, and an online survey of more than 900 journalists to better understand how journalists use data to tell stories. Read the full report here.

Sparkline Font Tutorial

Last week’s Top Ten #ddj highlighted design studio After the Flood’s AtF Spark font to turn numbers into graphics. Paul Bradshaw wrote this tutorial on how to use the font if you’re not already familiar with web fonts and other technicalities of web design.

Dear Data Postcard Kit

Information designers and Dear Data co-authors Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavac’s Dear Data Postcard Kit was released last week. The kit guides you and your data penpal to become creative information artists with a series of 20 ready-to-make postcards complete with prompts and an engagingly illustrated instruction booklet that shows how postcards can be both artistic expression and correspondence.

Unreported Political Donations

German political parties have received over 200 million euros in donations over the last four years, but only 13 million was immediately reported. A Deutsche Welle investigation shows how firms systematically hide party donations.

Changing Landscape of Berlin Votes

Take a tour of the streets of Berlin and discover how neighborhoods voted in German elections since 1990 in this interactive map by Tagesspiegel.

Residence Affects Voting Behaviour

The participation rate of electoral voting in Germany has declined over the past few decades, although there was a slight increase in 2013. Nuremberg was the German city with the lowest rate at the last election: 66.9%. BR Data shows how where one resides is related to voting behavior.

Burning Issues in Swiss Votes

The Swiss go to polls about four times a year in nationwide votes. Using data compiled by the Centre for Research on Direct Democracy, swissinfo.ch analyzed the most popular voting themes since Switzerland’s first constitution in 1848.

Prejudice: Urban Versus Rural

Zeit Online’s cool interactive feature on popular prejudices of urban city dwellers and rural residents is now available in English. They tackle beliefs such as: the social fabric of countryside residents is tighter knit compared to city folks, the bigger the city the fewer worries people have about immigration integration, and that people in large cities are worldlier.

Average British Politicians

Technologist Giuseppe Sollazzo used machine learning to figure out what an average UK member of parliament looks like. The result depicts a white male. This is not surprising, given than only 208 out of 650 MPs are women, less than a third of the total.

Thanks, once again, to Marc Smith of Connected Action for gathering the links and graphing them.

For a look at Marc Smith’s mapping on #ddj on Twitter, check out this map.

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