As the United Kingdom begins its rollout of the first COVID-19 vaccine this week, the world is watching with bated breath. Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from November 30 to December 6 found Bloomberg tracking the development of nine of the most promising vaccines around the world, The New York Times creating an interactive for Americans to establish where they are in the line before they can get vaccinated, and Spain’s El Pais examining the advantages of using antigen testing for COVID-19 infections. Meanwhile, ITV News’ Stephen Hull did a fun data analysis of the assorted chocolates in a Quality Street tin.
Auditing Chocolate Boxes
Have you ever bought an assorted box of chocolates, only to find that your favorite kind disappeared faster than the others? Stephen Hull, head of digital at British television network ITV News, was curious to see whether the different types of chocolates in a Quality Street chocolate box were equally distributed. He discovered a very unequal representation of each. The consumer rights organization Which? did a similar analysis two years ago. Scroll through the comments following Hull’s tweet for more humorous chocolate “audits.”
Bit of spare time on my hands today so I audited the unopened Quality Street tin. Just 4 purples (4.7%) and yet a massive 11 (12.9%) orange ones. Another blow for 2020. Who do I complain to? #inequalitystreet pic.twitter.com/8cDu6yDbcP
— Stephen Hull (@stephenbhull) November 29, 2020
Where Do You Fall in the Vaccine Lineup?
How many people are ahead of you in the line for a COVID-19 vaccine? The New York Times created an interactive for those living in the US to find out just how many people take priority over them and where they fall in the line. The results are estimated based on age, county of residence, profession, and if an individual has any pre-existing health conditions. Read more on the debate on who should get the vaccine first here.
— Megan Messerly (@meganmesserly) December 3, 2020
Tracking the Vaccine Rollout
Bloomberg is tracking nine of the most promising COVID-19 vaccines around the world and visualizing their development timelines in one chart: from the trial stage to when they become available to the public. The chart includes data on trial size, doses required, optimum storage temperature, and efficacy. The reporters also identified more than 80 agreements worldwide by governments to secure vaccines for their people, with about 7.95 billion doses already allotted. Bonus article: the BBC explains how vaccines work and asks whether they will “give us our old lives back?”
— Tom Randall (@tsrandall) December 4, 2020
Scraping Is Not a Crime
In July, we mentioned that The Markup filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court in the United States arguing that an overly-broad interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act could threaten the media’s ability to gather news, particularly in using automated data collection processes such as scraping. Now, months later, the Court is hearing the case, and the team at The Markup is spreading the word via the hashtag #ScrapingIsNotACrime and by wearing corresponding t-shirts. Read the brief here.
Today the Supreme Court will hear arguments about an outdated anti-hacking law, the CFAA, that threatens data journalists like us @themarkup with criminal penalties.
We filed an amicus brief https://t.co/gFZlJgCz73
— Julia Angwin (@JuliaAngwin) November 30, 2020
Testing for COVID-19
Spanish-language daily El Pais examined the use of different types of tests when determining whether a person is positive for COVID-19. The newspaper explains the advantages of using antigen tests — which are fast and cheap — and which can speed up detection of people in the contagious phase, and thus help reduce the opportunities for new infections.
Why are rapid antigen tests so important for fighting the second #COVID19-wave? Another article by @el_pais with great visualizations about the huge difference that rapid testing can make. https://t.co/Kg8c0anB3Y
— Tobias 🌱 😷 (@achisto) December 6, 2020
Using Wikipedia for Data Journalism
Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, is an enormous repository of information, with more than 53 million articles in 314 languages. Freelance writer and researcher Monika Sengul-Jones offers ideas on how data journalists can discover stories by digging for hidden data on the site.
With over 20 billion monthly page views & 300 edits per minute—@wikipedia is constantly changing! There’s plenty to discover but there are also many gaps in #data representation. @monikajones explains how to navigate it for your #datajournalism reporting: https://t.co/5AhIzK2u0y pic.twitter.com/CCedjlEVpF
— DataJournalism.com (@datajournalism) December 7, 2020
Computation + Journalism Symposium 2021
The 2021 Computation + Journalism Symposium, co-hosted by Northeastern University and the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, will be held virtually. Researchers and journalists are invited to submit either a single paper proposal or suggest an entire session. Proposals can cover the “backstory” to a novel work of journalism, a tool or method that could support new kinds of storytelling, or the description of a significant collaboration between journalists and some other field. Deadline: January 19, 2021.
C+J 2021 will be a bigger, more inclusive conference than anything we've attempted before. We hope to attract both researchers & creators with curiosity about journalism, as well as news outlets looking to experiment with new reporting capabilities & new ways to present stories.
— Mark Hansen (@cocteau) November 23, 2020
Data Citizens: A New Lecture Series
The University of Miami’s Institute for Data Science and Computing is launching a new, virtual lecture series called “Data Citizens.” It will showcase panels and in-depth talks by top-level experts in the field of data science. Topics will include the role of data science in fields like psychology, climate change, healthcare, art, neuroscience, and ethics. The next lecture, which is free and open to public, features scholar and author Dr. Deborah Stone, and will be held today (Thursday, December 10) at 4 pm EST.
— Alberto Cairo (@AlbertoCairo) December 3, 2020
JSK Data Reporting Grant Winners
The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University and Big Local News, a project of the Stanford Journalism and Democracy Initiative, awarded $191,500 in funding to 11 projects worldwide which will report data-driven stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the winners and their project ideas here.
We selected 11 projects for the @jskstanford + @BigLocalNews Data Reporting Grants! These are exciting, data-driven projects focused on the underreported stories of the #COVID19 pandemic. #ddj https://t.co/6V0BD2k0FG
— John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford (@JSKstanford) December 8, 2020
COVID-19 Data Viz and Data Journalism Compilation
Data analyst Hassel Fallas put together a very personal list of her favorite visual and data journalism projects to help people better understand the coronavirus pandemic and the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
En periodismo visual y de análisis de datos, el tema que marcó el año es la Covid-19. Elegí para este post los proyectos con los que más aprendí y los que me ayudaron a comprender mejor al emergente coronavirus Sars-Cov-2. #ddj #datajournalism #datavizhttps://t.co/JOPisKa4H0
— Hassel Fallas (@HasselFallas) December 4, 2020
Eunice Au is GIJN’s program manager. 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.