What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from April 1 to 7 finds @JuliaAngwin sharing do’s and don’ts of data journalism projects at @journalismfest, @elconfidencial highlighting the negative effects on Spain’s economy if women stopped working for a day, @azcentral and @USATODAY revealing just how many bills in the United States are copied from model legislations, and @justiceinfonet visualizing data on trials for the Rwandan genocide.
Do’s and Don’ts of Data Journalism Projects
Working on a story that might require data evidence? Involve the data team from the start. In two simple slides, Julia Angwin, editor-in-chief of The Markup, explains when and how newsrooms should include data journalists in the reporting process.
— Angelo Zehr (@angelozehr) April 5, 2019
Who Runs the World? Girls.
“When women stop, the world stops.” In 1975, Icelandic women went on strike to demonstrate the indispensable work that they do, both waged and unwaged, that affects the economy and society. That momentous protest would later inspire the creation of the International Women’s Strike on March 8. In this piece published in March, El Confidencial calculated the effects on the economy and public services in Spain if women did not work for a day. (In Spanish.)
Además de bien pensado, de una estética que mola mucho y un mensaje clarísimo, bravo a @elconfidencial por haber hecho este trabajo. Su público tiene un porcentaje señoro importante y es fundamental ponerles la realidad que no quieren ver ante los ojos. https://t.co/R4UvI7sO2Q
— Ana Tudela Flores (@latule) March 8, 2019
Copy, paste, legislate. In the United States, bills are not necessarily written from scratch by legislators. Instead, they may use fill-in-the-blank documents, also called model legislation, drawn up by corporations, interest groups or their lobbyists. A two-year investigation by USA Today and the Arizona Republic analyzed about 100,000 bills introduced in the 50 states and found that at least 10,000 bills across the country were substantially copied from such models.
We examined almost 1 million bills in all 50 statehouses and Congress from 2010 to 2018. We compared them to a database of more than 2,000 model bills that we collected by hand. We used a method similar to how plagiarism is detected. https://t.co/tyaH52t62e
— Rob O'Dell (@robodellaz) April 4, 2019
Rwandan Genocide Trials
Since the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, more than 1 million suspects have faced trials in 12,000 community-based gacaca courts. JusticeInfo.net looks at the numbers and timeline of this massive judicial undertaking.
In #transitionaljustice history, no other mass atrocity was mass adjudicated like the 1994 #genocide of Tutsi in #Rwanda: special/military chambers, #UN tribunal (#ICTR), #Gacaca, #UniversalJurisdiction and International Crimes Chamber @justiceinfonet https://t.co/oe7PHrBj97
— Thijs Bouwknegt (@thijsbouwknegt) April 5, 2019
Spotlight on Disappearing Ice
How do you write about something that doesn’t exist anymore? Using data and footage from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), Neue Zürcher Zeitung tries to shed light on the extent of disappearing ice in the Bering Sea and its consequences for nature, politics and the economy. (In German.)
— anna wiederkehr (@wiederkehra) April 2, 2019
New Data Journalism Platform
A brand new data journalism platform, DataJournalism.com, was recently launched by the European Journalism Centre. It aims to be a go-to place for data enthusiasts to access free resources and online video courses and to participate in community forums.
It's not easy being a student, so we're helping out with discounts to #ddj tools like @1Password, @diffbot, @FastMail, @FlokiNETehf, @mindmeister, @piktochart, @ProtonMail, @ProWritingAid, @survs & more! Sign up to our free learning platform https://t.co/PfOfzBimpB for access!
— DataJournalism.com (@datajournalism) April 8, 2019
Better Quality Data Needed for AI
Although big data may be increasingly made available, the data is often improperly formatted, incomplete or inconsistent. In a survey of 179 data scientists in 2017, half the data scientists ranked “access to quality data” as one of the top three obstacles to success for AI initiatives.
AI has a data quality problem.
In a survey of 179 data scientists, over half identified addressing issues related to data quality as the biggest bottleneck in successful AI projects. #Data #Innovation #BigData #AIhttps://t.co/k0qnmSAnDL
— SwissCognitive – The Global AI Hub (@SwissCognitive) March 27, 2019
Data Journalism Handbook 2: Ask Anything
Christina Elmer, Paul Bradshaw and Lindsay Green-Barber, who all contributed a chapter to the Data Journalism Handbook 2, shared their thoughts on reporting on algorithms and how to measure the impact of data journalism at this year’s International Journalism Festival.
— Carlapedret (@Carlapedret) April 4, 2019
Brazil’s Company Registry Data
Looking for company data from Brazil’s Cadastro Nacional De Pessoas Jurídicas (CNPJ)? Software developer Álvaro Justen has done data journalists in Brazil a favor by downloading and cleaning the data. Find the data here and more information on his process on GitHub. (In Portuguese.)
Rodei o script que criei para ler o dump (formato proprietário) e converter p/ CSV (empresas, sócios, CNAEs). Os dados convertidos estão em: https://t.co/w7ybMPEBSD
O script ainda precisa de melhorias e esses dados talvez não estejam 100% confiáveis, veja: https://t.co/i1qU7cnte9
— Álvaro Justen (@turicas) April 6, 2019
Free Data Visualization Seminar
Good news for data professionals in the Netherlands! Infographics and data visualization expert Alberto Cairo will be giving a free seminar at Eindhoven’s High Tech Campus on May 14, 2019. He will explain how to determine whether data has been represented accurately in a visualization and explore ways to construct more meaningful and effective visualizations. The seminar will also be livestreamed.
I'm presenting at @JMP_software's Exporer's seminar in Eindhoven on May 14. Sign up here: https://t.co/p4tUp4fI0M Here's an interview ahead of it: https://t.co/c52GuS5vpn #dataviz #infographics #ddj pic.twitter.com/8nSGejWpbG
— Alberto Cairo (@AlbertoCairo) April 1, 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.