What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from April 22 to 28 finds an interesting breakdown of colorism in fashion by @puddingviz, a series of gorgeous maps on US natural disasters and extreme weather trends by @PostGraphics, a preview of a history book on infographics by @srendgen, and @UpshotNYT‘s recap of its best articles from the past five years.
Investigating Colorism in Fashion
Ethnic diversity in the fashion industry might be improving, but representation of dark-skinned women is still lagging behind. Data scientist Malaika Handa investigates the problem of colorism and tokenism in fashion by looking at 19 years of Vogue magazine covers.
I found this section about my girl RiRi particularly interesting. The same woman's skin tone varies significantly based on decisions the photographer/editor made. Shows how important having diverse staff across the board is: https://t.co/NHkEYi6QNm pic.twitter.com/FAuzlNERFz
— Jordan Fischer (@JordanOnRecord) April 25, 2019
Mapping Wicked Weather
No place in the United States is particularly insulated from natural disasters and extreme weather phenomena. In this gorgeous series of maps, Tim Meko highlights where flash floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, heat waves, cold snaps, wildfires, lightning strikes and earthquakes tend to strike. Read about his map-building process here.
The different maps @Timmeko has been making for the past couple of years @PostGraphics should be celebrated as some of the best work in the business. Here is his latest: https://t.co/lw3WyQlgfz /cc @kennethfield pic.twitter.com/ynaXHCZN9a
— Jon Schwabish (@jschwabish) April 27, 2019
History of Infographics
Visualization strategist Sandra Rendgen gives a short preview of her upcoming book “History of Information Graphics,” which will be released this month. In it, she looks at how the field of infographics and data visualization has changed and expanded in the last century, with contributions from David Rumsey, Michael Friendly, Michael Stoll and Scott Klein.
#sneakpreview THE HISTORY OF INFOGRAPHICS: What were the main forces shaping infoviz & dataviz through the 20th century? @Taschen #historyofinfographics #historicaldataviz https://t.co/e6LqqZZ5H7 pic.twitter.com/ef6UWoAKxp
— Sandra Rendgen (@srendgen) April 23, 2019
Five Years at The Upshot
To celebrate its five-year anniversary, The Upshot — The New York Times’ data-driven reporting and analysis team — showcased a selection of its most enlightening and successful stories since inception. The glorious list covers a wide range of topics, ranging from electorate issues to gender bias, medical maladies to income inequality, and more.
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) April 22, 2019
EIJC19 & Dataharvest
Check out the program for the European Investigative Journalism Conference & Dataharvest happening May 16 to 19 in Mechelen, Belgium. It’s chock full of juicy sessions such as tracking weapons, investigating corporate lobbying and covering religious sects.
— EIJC (Dataharvest) (@EIJConference) May 2, 2019
Putting Data in Context
Data is typically collected by institutions for internal purposes and not intended to be used by journalists or others. In this piece, Catherine D’Ignazio explains how understanding that context is important and provides some examples of how not knowing the who, what, when, where, why and how of the data’s collection can lead to incorrect reporting.
Excellent read from @kanarinka about the importance of context, and how data can lead you astray. Was a happy surprise to see she is a professor at @EmersonCollege! Love seeing things from my alma mater. https://t.co/qRN9PrIxKS pic.twitter.com/RhjVmvwC6Z
— Meghan Blanchette (@mlblanchette) April 10, 2019
White, Male and Over 60
A recent census in England of councillors (called city council members in the US) showed that a large proportion are white, male and over 60, and this makeup doesn’t look likely to change in upcoming local elections. The BBC analyzed potential candidates and found that there are almost 1,000 candidates named either David or Dave, compared to 151 candidates called Sue, the most popular female name.
I still can't get over this chart (from here https://t.co/J5YJ7YUJMz).
If you add the Davids and the Daves together (and I would tbh) it's even more stark.
I mean, what's going on? pic.twitter.com/fA4tR9OjR9
— Francesca Williams (@cannyfrank) May 1, 2019
Data Journalism Research
Ilo Aguiar, a PhD researcher in digital media, compiled a list of 12 academic papers on data journalism in Portugal and Brazil published in 2018. (In Portuguese.)
— Ilo Aguiar (@iloaguiar) April 25, 2019
Python & Plotly
Plotly Express, launched in March, is a Python visualization library for rapid data exploration. It’s a wrapper around Plotly.py that exposes a simple syntax for complex charts.
— Nathaniel D Porter (@faithfulchange) April 17, 2019
As part of his research, Rodrigo Cunha, a professor at Brazil’s Federal University of Pernambuco, is conducting a survey on the relationship between readers and data professionals in digital journalism. Take five minutes to fill it in, if you please.
Hey, guys! I’m conducting a study about journalism, data visualization, and readers. If you work with dataviz in a media company, I ask you to fill out a short survey. It’s fast and takes a few seconds: https://t.co/aJMGyyG5YL. Thank you for your contribution!
— Rodrigo Cunha (@cunhares) April 23, 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.