What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from March 18 to 24 finds a collection of beautiful news graphics by Megan Jaegerman curated by @EdwardTufte, @tagesanzeiger‘s quiz testing readers’ populist leanings, new collaborative fact-checking by @FactcheckEU, and @briromer‘s piece on maps that break strict geography rules.
Beautiful News Graphics
Data viz guru Edward Tufte praises the beauty of Megan Jaegerman’s finely detailed, inventive and informative news graphics for The New York Times from 1990 to 1998. Among his choice picks is a depiction of tell-tale signs that an individual is concealing a gun, based on a New York City cop’s observations.
— Edward Tufte (@EdwardTufte) March 19, 2019
How populist are you? Tages-Anzeiger created a Populism Quiz with 20 questions to gauge where people fall on the populist spectrum. Almost 100,000 people took part in the quiz over 10 days, and two-thirds of the participants turned out to be populists.
— Marc Brupbacher (@MarcBrup) March 22, 2019
Do Basketball Prodigies = NBA Success?
How many high school basketball prodigies actually make it to superstar status in the NBA? The Pudding analyzed the careers of the top 100 high school recruits in the past 20 years to find out. It also took a look at the colleges who recruit the most promising high school players to see how many yield NBA talent.
If you want to see best-in-class data storytelling / visualization, follow @puddingviz. Pretty much everything they touch is stellar. Check out this new basketball entry, then browse their previous works. https://t.co/I6vGh4gvRx
— Jack Appleby (@JuiceboxCA) March 4, 2019
Hoaxes and misleading information are not limited to a nation’s borders. In light of this, 19 news organizations in Europe launched FactCheckEU to combat misinformation and separate fact from fiction ahead of Europe’s parliamentary elections in May. More on the effort here.
Hoy @factchecknet lanza https://t.co/W94zngaapP (@FactcheckEU), su proyecto europeo para frenar noticias falsas, mentiras y bulos. Y también, para verificar lo que nos dicen los políticos… Newtral forma parte de este enorme equipo de 19 organizaciones. pic.twitter.com/CIJoUewizy
— Newtral (@Newtral) March 18, 2019
GitHub is the go-to-place for newsrooms and data journalists to publish their code or data behind a story or project. But just how is it used? The Financial Times’ newsroom developer Max Harlow provides the skinny on the platform, the jargon and how to collaborate using GitHub.
— Max Harlow (@maxharlow) March 18, 2019
Brian Romer examines the emotional resonance and factual distortion of geographic maps. He lists examples of masterful map designs that go beyond the rules of strict geography.
A fantastic piece on the power and creativity of mapmaking!! (Not too science-ey) Worth a read on your Monday morning 🙂https://t.co/77sRHHXa3e
— Paige Hoel (@paigeyhoel) March 11, 2019
Journocode Tools Collection
Journocode curated a collection of close to 40 tools for all your data journalism needs, categorized by purpose, platform and cost. Tools marked with a golden acorn are some of the team’s favorites; these include Mapbox, OpenRefine and Tabula.
— Mara Averick (@dataandme) March 22, 2019
Practical R for Journalism
“Every journalist who is serious about working with data at some point will run into the limits of Excel and will have to decide what to do,” says Sharon Machlis, author of the book “Practical R for Mass Communication and Journalism.” She spoke with Storybench about coaxing power Excel users into the next level of their data work with her book on R.
🗞 @sharon000 ∩ @storybench!!
"Why Sharon Machlis wrote a book on R for journalists" ✍️ @paxtynmertenhttps://t.co/9emtXgg1D2 #rstats #ddj
/* 🦉 I didn't draw the forking owls, in case that wasn't obvious */ pic.twitter.com/m4k4cWzoKb
— Mara Averick (@dataandme) March 22, 2019
Garbage Collection Frequency
To boost recycling rates, a majority of the city councils in the United Kingdom have already switched to fortnightly garbage collection rounds or are planning to do so. The BBC has the data on the councils’ garbage collection frequency, daily household waste and recycling rates in the United Kingdom.
BBC News – Bin collections are weekly for just one in six councils https://t.co/XQNJcXyIqz
— Keith Hudson (@Keihud) March 22, 2019
Working With Twitter Data
Twitter is increasingly becoming politicians’ choice mode of communication with their supporters, so it is important for journalists to keep a record of their tweets. Here’s an R package by Michael Kearney to help you start collecting and analyzing Twitter data.
— dupadhyaya (@dupadhyaya) February 9, 2019
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.