What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from March 2 to 8 finds a list of COVID-19 data visualizations selected by health activist Joel Selanikio, Folha De S. Paulo analyzing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s tweets, VoxEurop highlighting the disappearing world beaches due to climate change, and Davis Vilums mapping every central London street over four years by cycling.
Coronavirus Data Viz
Health and tech activist Joel Selanikio put together a selected list of data visualizations on his blog regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. His aim is to offer a sense of the pace and scale of the outbreak progression outside China. Berliner Morgenpost is also mapping cases in Germany and Europe. And don’t miss the great dashboard at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.
Unlike @JHUSystems dash it:
• doesn't look like a zombie video game
— Joel Selanikio (@jselanikio) March 8, 2020
Analyzing Bolsonaro’s Tweets
By analyzing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s tweets, the daily Folha De S.Paulo found two different personality patterns. One, which posts content from a Samsung Galaxy, prioritizes institutional communication and dissemination of ministers’ messages, while the other, which posts from an iPhone, prefers clash and controversy.
Um presidente. dois celulares. Dois padrões.
— Daniel Mariani (@_danielmariani) March 8, 2020
Climate Crisis Impact: Disappearing Beaches
According to a new study by the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission, almost half of the world’s sandy beaches will be close to extinction by 2100 due to climate-driven coastal flooding and human interference. VoxEurop mapped the erosion of Europe’s beaches in the best climate scenario.
#Europe is set to lose up to 15,000 km of shoreline due to erosion + #globalwarming. #UK, #France, #Ukraine, #Ireland, #Greece, #Spain and Italy will be the most affected. Check out the story by @M0BILEREP0RTER & our exclusive interactive map: #ddj #EDJNethttps://t.co/9uaO2aDz4U pic.twitter.com/77MKNEecPv
— VoxEurop (@VoxEurop) March 3, 2020
Mapping Central London by Cycling
Davis Vilums got bored cycling the same 25 minutes route to work everyday and started getting creative. He decided to visit not only every main road but every single accessible mews, yard, park trail, and path in central London, and record his journeys on the Endomondo app. It took him four years but he did it!
That's one way to get to know your city. This London cyclist wanted to spice up his commute and eventually cycled every street of central London. Big fat respect! Source: https://t.co/pbu208Kkoh pic.twitter.com/9DQ2R5rD7M
— Simon Kuestenmacher (@simongerman600) February 24, 2020
Germany: Evolution of Political Language
The newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung analyzed transcripts from German parliament proceedings and, using machine learning, detected changes in the discourse of certain topics over time. The analysis showed when members of parliament paid least attention to climate change and how the discussion of refugees and migration shifted to the right. Read a summary in this Twitter thread, and find out how they did the analysis here (in German), and here (in English).
How has political language and the use of certain words changed over time? In our project @sz we (@sebitsch @janewaytext and me) combined policy analysis and machine learning by computing word embeddings on transcripts of the German parliament #ddj #sprachemachtpolitik (Thread) pic.twitter.com/z4mc2BbEgA
— Martina Schories (@MSchories) March 5, 2020
Free Pew Center Survey Data
Want to play with data? The Pew Research Center makes its survey data available to the public for secondary analysis after a period of time. Find interesting insights into American politics and policy, internet and technology, religion and public life, journalism and media, and more.
Steal our data! All @pewresearch survey data is available (for free) here:https://t.co/6ebTkzKKsx
Datasets cover politics, social trends, religion, the role of news/journalism in society, and, of course, the inimitable tech trends we measure. https://t.co/Wj0ioCw429
— Lee Rainie (@lrainie) March 5, 2020
Humanitarian Data Fellowship
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ Centre for Humanitarian Data will host its third class of Data Fellows in The Hague in June and July 2020. The 2020 Fellows will focus on three areas: Data Storytelling (Education), Predictive Analytics, and Statistics (Mosaic Effect). The fellowship program is residential. Apply here.
📢Apply for @humdata’s 3rd annual Data Fellows Program!
Deadline is 17 March for fellowships in:
🌟Data Storytelling (Education)
📈Statistics (Mosaic Effect)
➡️Learn more here: https://t.co/VavNx4h0pG
— UN Humanitarian (@UNOCHA) March 5, 2020
Researchers Somya Sagarika, Dibyendu Mishra, and Joyojeet Pal wanted to find out the most “listened to” Twitter accounts among Indian journalists. In preliminary research, they started by mapping the 50 politicians, scholars, lawyers, and public commentators that were most-followed by journalists. All the data was gathered using the Twitter Public API. Read more here.
We map Twitter following behavior of Indian journalists for a sense of what the nation’s media has its ears on
A first step towards mapping influence the media landscape on Twitter. Thread with results
— joyojeet pal (@joyopal) March 3, 2020
US Newspapers Circulation Data
Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab, shared data on American newspaper circulation, which offered some insights into media ownership and struggling local newspapers. See the spreadsheet here, and read his analysis in this Twitter thread.
Consider this my gift to the world:
Here are the daily/Sunday circulations of the largest newspapers in the United States — information that is surprisingly difficult to find online!
These are all the papers with daily circulation of at least 75,000: pic.twitter.com/G0WbQiIYTP
— Joshua Benton (@jbenton) March 3, 2020
Data Journalism Syllabi
Looking to obtain a data journalism degree? The Investigative Journalism Education Consortium gathered a list of syllabi from computer-assisted and data journalism courses from around the world.
Investigative Journalism Education Consortium collects syllabi for data journalism and investigative #journalism courses, if you would like to share yours. Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Links here: https://t.co/dJjmfs1fV9 #nicar20
— Mindy McAdams (@macloo) March 7, 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.