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Data Journalism’s Top Ten

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from August 14 to 20 has @Forbes mapping six years of American television news, the looming Kantar @infobeautyaward‘s submission deadline and @sarahslo‘s list of women in the field of data visualization.

Mapping Six Years of American Television News

Forbes mapped six years of American television news, and it is clear that the coverage heavily emphasized Russia, China and the Middle East. Central Africa is poorly represented, as is Central Asia, while Eastern Europe, Latin America, Northern Africa and South Asia are also relatively sparsely discussed.

Data is Not Beautiful

Stephen Few argues that data visualization creators should not squander the potential of informing with data. He says: “Many data visualizations that are labeled “beautiful” are anything but. Instead, they pander to the base interests of those who seek superficial, effortless pleasure rather than understanding.”

Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards

Submit your entries by Friday 15 September, 11:59pm PST. The awards are open to infographics, data visualizations, data journalism, maps, interactives, information art/design and any data-centric video, animation, app, site or even artwork and sculpture. But it must be based on data/information with some sort of visual component.

Women in Dataviz

Quartz Things editor Sarah Slobin compiled a public Twitter list of women working with and creating data visualizations. The list now stands at 207 women, including @FiveThirtyEight‘s Ella Koeze, @GuardianUS‘s Mona Chalabi and @politico‘s Sarah E. Frostenson.

Data Resources

Looking for data on who owns a company, government spending or political influence? has compiled a list of 18 useful data platforms and resources to help you get started, including OCCRP’s Investigative Dashboard and NICAR’s data library.

Interactive: India-Pakistan Partition Borders

In July 1947, Sir Cyril Radcliffe, a British lawyer, was commissioned to draw the borders that would divide British India into two countries — Muslim-majority Pakistan and Hindu-majority India. Al Jazeera created this interactive for you to draw lines on the map based on how you think Radcliffe drew the borders.

German Election 2017

Tagesspiegel prepared data on all key candidates for the upcoming German election this year. Filter them by party, sex or age, or look for candidates according to postal code.

International Congress of Visual Communication

The first InfoVis congress, dedicated to infographics and visualization, will be held on October 30 and 31 in Mexico City. Speakers include ‘ Kat Downs Mulder, @NatGeo‘s Kaitlin Yarnall and  @LaVanguardia‘s Jaime Serra.

A Typical #ddj Workflow in R

Berliner Morgenpost‘s data trainee Marie-Louise Timcke wrote a tutorial describing the process for each new data-driven project at the Morgenpost, from loading the packages and data, to cleaning, preprocessing and analysis.

Resources for Data Journalism with R

SRF Data’s Timo Grossenbacher compiled a guide through the thick jungle of countless R packages to help you to do all sorts of data-driven journalism.

Thanks, once again, to Marc Smith of Connected Action for gathering the links and graphing them.

For a look at Marc Smith’s mapping on #ddj on Twitter, check out this map.

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