This Week’s Top 10 in Data Journalism

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Sketch of Data Intersections Symposium at University of Miami by artist Caryn Ginsberg.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Unequal Representation

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.

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.

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.

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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