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5 Post-Pandemic Data Story Ideas for Journalists

Since the start of the pandemic in early 2020, data-driven reporting on COVID-19 has gone through several phases, including infection trends and vaccination rates. Here, a leading Malaysia-based data journalism trainer shares five post-pandemic coverage areas where data reporting can be equally effective.

Nobel Prize

Data Journalism Top 10: Nobel Prizes, Hong Kong Crackdown, UK Fuel Shortages, Halloween Costumes

The most popular data journalism stories on Twitter between October 4 – 10, as discovered by our NodeXL mapping and human curation, feature stories on the Nobel prizes awarded to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, reporting on Hong Kong’s national security law, a look at a fuel shortage in the UK, and a seasonal selection of Halloween costumes.

Fundraising Sustainability Media

How a US Newspaper Raised $1 Million to Fund Investigations

In this excerpt, the executive editor of a regional US news outlet reveals the tactics that worked — and didn’t work — in their innovative campaign to raise $1 million to fund investigations. Among the key tips that emerged: one-on-one meetings, direct reach-outs, and published “what it cost” boxes are effective, and framing the pitch around benefits for the community, rather than the outlet, causes donors to dig deeper.

Political Kidnapping and Forced Disappearances

Disappearing people benefits the perpetrators in several ways: it considerably complicates any investigation, the person — dead or alive — remains hidden most of the time, and it can be mixed or confused with other crimes, such as kidnapping, child abduction, human trafficking, forced recruitment, murder, or desecration of a human corpse. 

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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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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.

China's Secret Fishing Fleet

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.