GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: School Murders, Visualizing Uncertainty and Brazil’s Deadly Week

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What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from May 28 to June 3 finds @washingtonpost‘s alarming data on gun violence in American schools, @vlandham‘s experiments with visualizing uncertainty and @GENinnovate with the latest data journalism trends displayed in the 2018 Data Journalism Awards entries.

Counting Since Columbine

More than 215,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999. Explore the data on US school shootings that The Washington Post has pieced together by combing through news articles, open-source databases, law enforcement reports and by making calls to schools and police departments.


How to Visualize Uncertainty

HOP plots, morph icons, wandering dots and wandering hulls — Jim Vallandingham details his experiments, together with Irene Ros and Peter Beshai, on visualizing uncertainty.


Top Trends in Data Journalism Innovation

A record 630 entries from 58 countries that were submitted to the 2018 Data Journalism Awards displayed increasing innovation in data journalism. Newsrooms have changed the way they visualize maps and are utilizing drone journalism, machine learning, augmented reality and news games. Here’s Marianne Bouchart’s presentation on these latest trends in data journalism.


Why the Census Matters

Different groups of people have varied interests and reasons for supporting the underestimation of population numbers in Pakistan. But associate professor Zahid Asghar emphasizes that the proper and regular conduct of population census is important in ensuring the right kind of national interventions for education, health and housing.


What’s Your Color?

Data journalist Lisa Charlotte Rost shares some great advice to consider when choosing colors for data visualization.


Tracking EU Subsidies in Germany

€6.5 billion of EU agricultural subsidies were paid in 2017 to Germany. But where is the money going? Spiegel Online shows the top recipients in each district, along with the unequal structure of subsidy distribution in the agriculture industry.


10 Visualization Tools (in Spanish)

La Nación’s data journalist Hassel Fallas lists her 10 favorite tools to create visualizations, along with some helpful pros and cons of each.


Data Journalism Handbook (in Spanish)

The Data Journalism Handbook, edited by Jonathan Gray and Liliana Bounegru at the Public Data Lab, is available in Spanish. It includes case studies and tackles how to interpret and work with data as well as how to disseminate it.


#ddj Public Choice Contenders

Almost 5,500 people voted for the 2018 Data Journalism Microsoft Award for Public Choice. G1(Globo) in Brazil took home the prize for their project documenting violent deaths in the country. Here’s a look at 11 contenders for that category.


Telling Stories with Data — Free Course

There’s still time to sign up for Knight Center’s free massive open online course “Data Visualization for Storytelling and Discovery,” taught by data expert Alberto Cairo from June 11 to July 8, 2018. The course will show you how to use data visualization to discover interesting facts, trends and patterns in data.


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

Eunice Au is GIJN’s program coordinator. Previously, she was a Malaysia correspondent for Singapore’s The Straits Times, and a journalist at the New Straits Times. She has also written for The Sun, Malaysian Today and Madam Chair.

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

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