What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from June 25 to July 1 finds @FinancialTimes’ timelapse map of pollution over China, @mcrosasb‘s choice of five World Cup 2018 visualizations, and @Internews‘ overview of its data journalism projects in developing country newsrooms.
Is China’s Pollution Problem Blowing Over?
The skies over China have been a little less smoggy of late. But does that mean that the “smogocalypse” threat is over? The Financial Times collated NASA satellite data showing concentrations of nitrogen dioxide over China from January 2005 to May 2018 and found a resurgence in a common air pollutant.
China’s air quality has been an issue for many years. Recent attempts to curb the use of coal as an energy source have gone some way to alleviate the problem, but there is still work to be done [China’s nitrogen dioxide pollution levels since 2005] https://t.co/plBH4VSywH pic.twitter.com/pz5ZOnK4Dm
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) July 1, 2018
Sweating the Small Stuff: Visualizing Punctuation
Most people think of a novel as a collection of words. Adam J Calhoun thinks a little differently. “I wondered what my favorite books look like without words,” he wrote in a post on Medium. So he took the words away and visualized the punctuation in some well-loved novels, including adding heatmaps. The post was originally from 2016 but has enjoyed a resurgence of interest on Twitter.
Visualizing punctuation in novels – how different authors structure their writing (eg, how Billy Faulkner never met a punctuation mark he didn't like) https://t.co/kT1ahUWzvl pic.twitter.com/HeDQ4EHm1C
— Adam J Calhoun (@neuroecology) June 29, 2018
12 Reasons to Keep Loving Web Graphics
Elliot Bentley, who makes interactive graphics for The Wall Street Journal, recently wrote an article in defense of interactives. It’s difficult not to notice an industry-wide trend away from them, he wrote. So he listed 12 example of things web graphics can do that traditional article or static images can’t.
— ARDZDFmedienakademie (@ARDZDF_Akademie) June 26, 2018
US: Creating The Segregation Map
Want to know what it takes to create a story like American is More Diverse Than Ever – But Still Segregated? The Data Journalism Den spoke to Aaron Williams, who worked on the story for The Washington Post, about what inspired the story, the help they got from academics and the decisions they made about maps.
We interviewed @aboutaaron.He told us about the inspiration behind the Washington Post’s visualisation of racial segregation in the US,why static maps can be better than interactive ones,& why having beautiful graphics is not only a question of aestheticshttps://t.co/YqVSCPAKmP
— Evangéline (@edebourgoing) June 25, 2018
Mapped: Deadliest Roads in Brittany
With nearly 1,000 fatal accidents on departmental roads in Brittany between 2012 and 2018, French daily Le Télégramme mapped out which sections were the most dangerous.
— dataspot (@dataspotTLG) June 29, 2018
What One Nonprofit Did to Bring Data to Newsrooms
Internews, the media development nonprofit, has produced a website to showcase its work in the field of data journalism. You can read about its approach to bringing data journalism to newsrooms in developing countries around the world. And see some of the projects it’s worked on in Kenya, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central America.
— Eva Constantaras (@EvaConstantaras) July 1, 2018
5 World Cup 2018 Visualizations
From the many and varied visualizations made about this year’s football tournament in Russia, @mcrosasb has chosen five, including FiveThirtyEight’s real-time predictions, the Telegraph’s visualization comparing teams and their players’ worth, and National Geographic’s look at foreign-born players.
— Carlos A. Scolari (@cscolari) June 29, 2018
Election in Turkey: Erdogan’s Power Base
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung put together an in-depth analysis of the Turkish election results, where Recep Tayyip Erdogan secured most of the votes in the central provinces, whereas the western and eastern provinces favored opposition candidates.
— Jens Giesel (@JensGiesel) June 25, 2018
Netzwerk Recherche Sessions
Recordings of some of the sessions at this year’s Netzwerk Recherche conference held in Berlin and Munich are available online. If you understand German, and you want to hear what media creators had to say about the influence digital developments have had on our lives, take a look at the Spreerunde site.
Grad reden wir #ddj nerds über #MachineLearning im Journalismus. 🤖#nr18https://t.co/H8UxItk3KR
Wer unser @NZZStorytelling
Beispiel für diese Methode sehen will, hier haben wir versucht eine Maschine etwas über Marktwerte von Fussballern lernen zu lassen. https://t.co/CSs2PK1Z3j
— Haluka Maier-Borst (@HalukaMB) June 30, 2018
Laura Grant is filling in for GIJN’s Eunice Au, while she is on leave. She is a managing partner of the Media Hack Collective, a Johannesburg-based digital journalism initiative. She is the former associate editor of digital and data projects at the Mail & Guardian and teaches digital journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.