What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from January 13 to 19 finds the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists exposing how Africa’s richest woman made her fortune, The Washington Post using satellite imagery to show the disappearance of an entire lake in the Philippines, El País sharing the behind-the-scenes process of their staff’s work, and Mike Reilley curating a mega-list of data journalism tools.
Isabel dos Santos, known as Africa’s richest woman, claims she made her massive fortune through business acumen, grit, and entrepreneurial spirit. But the Luanda Leaks investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on more than 715,000 leaked financial and business records, reveals a different story.
Thanks to the global investigation coordinated by @ICIJorg, we are publishing today the inside deals that allowed the dos Santos family to assemble an empire of more than 400 companies in 41 countries.https://t.co/nJmEePWKqG
— Pierre Romera (@pirhoo) January 20, 2020
The Washington Post used satellite imagery to show the disappearance of an entire lake within the broader Taal volcano in the Philippines. This development is a consequence of the ongoing volcanic eruption there.
— Lauren Tierney (@tierneyl) January 17, 2020
Mapping Data Stories
El País is a major Spanish-language daily headquartered in Madrid, Spain, which also focuses on topical issues in Brazil and in other parts of Latin America. Daniele Grasso, a founding member of its data journalism team, gives an inside look at the work the team is doing and the maps they are creating that drove some of their most-read articles last year.
— Danny Sanchez (@dannysanchez) January 15, 2020
Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism, also highlighted the innovative work being done by Spain’s El País since the paper beefed up its graphics desk. Their latest piece showcases elegant and smooth animated transitions to connect each section of the story to the following one.
— Alberto Cairo (@AlbertoCairo) January 11, 2020
Data Journalism Tools
Digital journalism trainer Mike Reilley put together a list of data journalism tools, including tools for chart and infographic making, platforms for mapping and geocoding, technology for finding, scraping and cleaning data, and more. (We were pleased to see he included GIJN’s Data Journalism Resource Center on the list.)
— Journalist's Toolbox (@journtoolbox) January 17, 2020
Empty Businesses Costing Taxpayers
Empty businesses cost local governments in the United Kingdom £1 billion (around $1.3 billion) a year in lost taxes, prompting calls — especially from small businesses — for urgent reform of how taxes are applied to local properties. The BBC looks at the areas which have lost the most income to empty units.
Produced via the BBC Shared Data, which is made up o/ BBC journalists and reporters on secondment f/local newspapers.
Proud to say the aim of the SDU is to strengthen local news output across the UK.
— Rozina Breen (@RozieBreen) January 16, 2020
Starting A Data Journalism Career
What does the everyday life of a data journalist look like? And what are the steps you need to take to build your career? Data journalist Laura Aragó shares her advice for young journalists with the European Journalism Centre.
💡Journo students & graduates, want to work in #datajournalism? Check out our "100 Paths to Journalism" newsletter! In this edition, we talked to @arago_la to learn about the everyday life of a #datajournalist & get tips on starting a journalism career. https://t.co/8HqgMDXlnV pic.twitter.com/QkkVYVGwoT
— European Journalism Centre (@ejcnet) January 20, 2020
The NICAR Conference, the mother of all data journalism events, offers something for everyone, from novices to those on the cutting edge of digital reporting. This year it will be held in New Orleans from March 5 to 8. To attend the conference you must be a current IRE member, but it’s easy to join. Registration is open.
less than two months until the superb data journalism conference NICAR 2020; can't wait for my students to see the hardest working reporters around share their skills, knowledge and advice to create the best journalism: https://t.co/VXQmNUGc2C
— maggie mulvihill (@maggiemulvihill) January 14, 2020
Data Workshop in Thailand
A data journalism workshop, organized by The Momentum and five other organizations, will be held every weekend from the end of February to May in Thailand. Submit your application here; 30 people will be selected to receive the free training.
.@TheMomentumco คณะวารสารศาสตร์และสื่อสารมวลชน ธรรมศาสตร์, ป่าสาละ, สถาบันวิจัยเพื่อการพัฒนาประเทศไทย (TDRI), @PunchUpworld และ DTAC ชวนสื่อมวลชน นักออกแบบกราฟิก และโปรแกรมเมอร์ เข้าร่วมอบรม “Data Journalism Workshop” หมดเขต 31 ม.ค. นี้ รับ 30 คน ฟรี https://t.co/ADT2hAaozA pic.twitter.com/nRA6dOswwM
— bact' แบ่ค / Art Suriyawongkul (@bact) January 8, 2020
Data Journalism on Social Media
How can data journalists best tell data-driven stories on social media? Deutsche Welle and the European Data Journalism Network are looking at how other media companies do it, and are experimenting with a few different approaches themselves.
— Disrupt MediaLab (@dmedialab) January 16, 2020
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.