What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from March 19 to 25 finds a sobering study on income inequality between black and white males visualized by @nytimes, a cool time-lapse graphic of snow fall in the United States by @PostGraphics and peak baby-making seasons by country by @VismeApp and @ddjournalism.
Race Influencing Income Inequality?
Black boys who are raised in wealthy families in well-to-do neighbourhoods earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds, according to a new study by researchers of The Equality Opportunity Project. The New York Times visualized the data to show this sobering disparity.
This @nytimes piece is a gut punch. It includes a data visualization that shows the invisible hand of systemic racism at work. An important read
— Baratunde (@baratunde) March 19, 2018
Let the Snow Fall
This Washington Post graphics team created a cool day-by-day timelapse of all the snow that fell in the United States from October 2017 to this March. They show how this winter was one for the record books.
— Gill Green (@greengeographer) March 26, 2018
Peak Baby-Making Seasons
Based on the United Nations’ data on live births, Visme noted a correlation between three different variables: the top birth months, seasons of the year and the latitude of the country (distance from the equator). Visme also used the data to visualize the peak mating seasons for different countries.
— Antonio Vieira Santos 💙 (@akwyz) March 26, 2018
International Chart Day
Californian congressman Mark Takano recently announced that he is partnering with Tumblr and the Society for News Design to celebrate the first-ever International Chart Day on April 26. In Congress, Takano has been an advocate for the use of compelling infographics online and on the floor of the House of Representatives during debate.
— Alberto Cairo (@albertocairo) March 23, 2018
Scraping without Coding
Freelance investigative and data journalist Samantha Sunne, also author of the Tools for Reporters weekly newsletter, shared her tips for scraping without coding, useful scraper tools and also tools she would not recommend, during NICAR18.
— Pınar DağⓋ (@pinardag) March 23, 2018
Free Digital Journalism MOOC for Africa
Code for Africa, with support from Google News Lab and the World Bank’s Global Media Development Programme, launched a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) specifically designed for African journalists. The MOOC, which is free of charge, includes 47 lessons created by some of the world’s leading digital journalism experts.
.@ICFJ recent survey on the State of Technology in Global Newsrooms confirms only half of new hires in newsrooms have experience with digital news tools. Africa’s first digital journalism platform aims to improve this with up-to-date online training. https://t.co/vWgQ8cShRW #ddj pic.twitter.com/OI2e6E9vqF
— Code for Kenya (@Code4Kenya) March 20, 2018
Data Intersections Symposium
The University of Miami hosted its first Data Intersections symposium this March, which enabled conversations between professionals and scholars from domains that have been deeply transformed by the increasing availability of data and the digital tools used to manipulate it, such as data science, statistics, data journalism, the physical and biological sciences, and the digital humanities.
— Alberto Cairo (@albertocairo) March 20, 2018
The agenda of black women — who comprise 27% of Brazil’s population — is still not represented widely in the chambers of power in Brazilian society. Gênero e Número highlights that of the elected Brazilian councilors in 2016, black representatives only constituted 0.6 percent.
#Política2018 Do universo de 57,8 mil vereadores eleitos em 2016, somente 328 são mulheres pretas, ou 0,6% do total. Nas capitais, foram somente seis vereadoras pretas do total de 809 eleitos daquele ano. Confira a reportagem completa em: https://t.co/17JDl70Qo2 #ddj pic.twitter.com/KHCiJ1InH5
— Gênero e Número (@generonumero) March 23, 2018
Data Journalism Tips
Northeastern School of Journalism graduate Bridget Ann Peery summarizes some key takeaways on data journalism from the News and Journalism Track at SXSW.
“Find out what’s countable and find an angle” + “Journalists are information synthesizers, seek the simplest way to share information” 🤓👍 Check out the takeaways on data journalism from the “news nerds” panel at #SXSW @storybench #ddj #cityjtips #JRNL301 https://t.co/gj17w6KR2L
— Thomas Kilroy (@tpkilroy) March 23, 2018
Newsroom Skills Survey Data
Explore the International Center For Journalists’ global survey data on newsroom technology. Filter the data by region, newsroom, position and more, and use the data to inform new strategies and research.
How are newsrooms in your region of the world embracing technology, and where are they falling behind? Explore the data from our global survey of 2,700+ newsroom managers & journalists, and tell us what you find by tweeting on the #ICFJtechsurvey hashtag. https://t.co/75A8otjzGa pic.twitter.com/lLqHZnJHLV
— ICFJ (@ICFJ) March 21, 2018