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 December 4 to 10 has @Reuters documenting the deplorable living conditions at refugee camps in Bangladesh, Financial Times’ @theboysmithy transforming bad charts into useful ones and the impressive work of the 2017 @infobeautyaward winners.

Close Up: Rohingya Refugee Camps in Bangladesh

Health experts say overcrowding, poor sanitation and limited health care in the Rohingya refugee areas of Bangladesh is a “recipe for disaster.” Reuters brings readers a closer look at life in these camps, with satellite imagery and data analysis.

Chart Makeover

Which bad business charts rile you the most? The Financial Times’ data visualization editor Alan Smith takes you through the steps of transforming a bad chart into a useful one. FT also invites readers to upload your own favorite bad graphics in the comments. Do your worst.

The Winners: Information is Beautiful Awards

This is a great place for data visualization inspiration. Check out the winners of the 2017 Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards.

Guardian’s Year of Visuals

A summary of the The Guardian’s biggest data visualization projects this year, from visualizing the debris for the missing Malaysian flight MH370 to the costs of Brexit.

Disneyfication of Football

Financial Times takes a deep look at Manchester City and the “Disneyfication” of football. The team’s Arab owners are developing a business model based on a global network of clubs that could upend the sport — and its young footballers could emerge as initial proof that the business model is paying off.

Collaborative Data Journalism Platform

Looking for a collaborative platform for journalists to analyze and visualize data? Workbench makes it easy to assemble data scraping, cleaning, analysis and visualization tasks without any coding. It began at Columbia Journalism School and you can sign up for private beta now.

The Rise of the Megafarm

An investigation by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in partnership with The Guardian discovered that there were now nearly 800 animal “megafarms” throughout the UK. The largest of them house more than a million chickens, 20,000 pigs or 2,000 dairy cows in sprawling factory units where most animals are confined indoors.

Part-Time Data Journalism Course

The post graduate certificate in data journalism at the UK’s Birmingham City School of Media takes place over eight months and is designed for those working in the industry who wish to gain accredited skills in data journalism but who cannot take time out to study full time or don’t want a full masters.

Approach to Data Journalism Through R

Spiegel Online’s data journalist Patrick Stotz shared tips on #rstats and data journalism at a Hamburg R Users meetup.

Public Transport Data in West Midlands, England

West Midlands Data Discovery Center gathers highways, rail, construction, freight/haulage and public transport industries data on one platform.

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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