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 January 1 to 7 has data journalism and data visualization roundups by @ddjournalism and @flowingdata, podcasts by @datastories and @fabrider, as well as an analysis on prices corresponding with ski resort altitudes by @duc_qn.

Data Journalism 2017 Roundup

Data Driven Journalism recaps the year that was by highlighting the reflections of eight news organisations that used numbers in their reporting, from FiveThirtyEight to Indiaspend.

Ski Higher, Pay More

The higher up you ski, the more you pay. Duc Quang Nguyen’s analysis for Swissinfo.ch shows that the cheaper ski resorts are the lowest located resorts, which are only sporadically open, usually attract only local customers and offer little infrastructure or accommodation.

Doing Digital vs Being Digital

In this evergreen piece from last April, David Skok explains how to truly embrace the digital philosophy in journalism — which means defining your editorial and product strategy not by a platform but by the stories, topics, and questions that you choose to pursue for your community, then optimizing those stories for their desired platforms, listening to your readers and adapting.

Guide to Pie Charts

Lisa Charlotte Rost will be writing “Best Practice Guides” for common chart types. Here’s the first piece on when and how best to use pie charts.

Best DataViz in 2017

Statistician Nathan Yau picks his top 10 favorite data visualizations from 2017. It includes an explanation of gerrymandering in comic form by Olivia Walch, a graphic analysis of the link between handwriting and culture by Thu-Huong Ha and Nikhil Sonnad, and a graphic on solar eclipses by Denise Lu.

Teaching Data Journalism in Universities

Data journalism lecturer Kayt Davies shares her thoughts on the challenges of training students in data journalism when she and her colleagues all lack the experience of being a data journalist to draw on.

DataViz Podcast

In this podcast episode, Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner get an overview of the happenings in dataviz around the world by speaking to Spe Chen from China; Pia Faustino from Philippines; Pinar Dag in Turkey; Justin Yarga from Burkina Faso; Harry Stevens in India; and Qristina Parjiani from Georgia.

Data Literacy Conversations

Data is a Team Sport is a series of online conversations held with data literacy practitioners in mid-2017 that explore the ever-evolving data literacy eco-system.

A Decade of UK Vacant Homes

More than 11,000 homes in the UK have stood empty for at least 10 years, data from 275 councils showed. The research also showed that just one in 13 councils are making use of empty dwelling management orders – the powers that can be used by local authorities to take over empty properties.

Gender Pay Gap

Six employers changed the gender pay gap data they submitted to the UK government after the Financial Times reported anomalies on its official portal. Employers in the UK have until April 4 to submit pay gap details and must ensure that the information they publish is accurate.

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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