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Data Journalism Top 10: Pandora Papers, Data Podcasts, and COVID-19 in Scottish Care Homes

Tracking the most popular data journalism stories on Twitter from September 27 to October 3, we found a series of articles based on discoveries from the Pandora Papers offshore leak. In this edition, we also feature reporting on the damage caused by the eruption of the volcano on La Palma, data journalism podcasts, and a roundup of the German election results.

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This Investigative Journalism Class Launches Careers and Creates Change

Legendary investigative editor Andrew Lehren believes in the power of curiosity, and learning-by-doing — and a string of prize-winning stories and impactful careers flowing from his class at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in New York provides ample evidence. Here, he and some of his stellar former students describe the fruits of a method of journalism instruction that emphasizes collaboration, new tools, and innovative story pitching.

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Document of the Day: Global Organized Crime Index

State-embedded actors are the most dominant criminal actor type in the world. The degree to which criminality permeates state institutions varies, from low-level corruption to full state capture, but across the spectrum this involvement has implications for countries’ capacity to respond to organized crime.

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Investigating Arms Trafficking

National laws that govern arms dealing are uneven, contradictory, influenced by corrupted leadership, and rife with loopholes. Other barriers to exposing the weapons trade range from maritime and aviation secrecy concealing the transportation of arms; corporate entities that shield dealers and operators; the role of neighboring countries as conduits, and a barter system that allows one illicit commodity, such as ivory, to be exchanged for another.

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Data Journalism Top 10: China’s Vast Fishing Fleet, Europe’s Internet Speed, Afghan Resources, and US Murders Rate

Tracking the most popular data journalism stories on Twitter from September 20 to September 26, using NodeXL mapping and our own human curation, we found investigations into burning oil in the Greek islands and heat-related deaths in German cities. In this edition, we also feature an exclusive story about China’s vast, secretive fishing fleet, a look at the US arms race, and an analysis of suspicious anomalies in the recent Russian election results.

My Favorite Tools: Indian Journalist and Data Designer Gurman Bhatia

For GIJN’s My Favourite Tools series, we spoke with Indian journalist and information designer Gurman Bhatia. She has worked at the Hindustan Times in Delhi and been a part of the award-winning team at Reuters Graphics, where she worked on visualizations for topics as diverse as election fraud in India, use of force during protests in Hong Kong, and bushfires in Australia.

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Investigating Environmental Crimes and Climate Change

Networks of business interests, government officials, and criminal groups run illegal operations that harm the environment in multiple ways. They drive worldwide illegal trafficking in wildlife and seafood, timber, minerals, hazardous waste, and toxic chemicals. Such environmental crimes are sometimes connected with other criminal activity, such as drug trafficking and money laundering.