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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 28 to Sept 3 has the most amusing memes you’ll read all day from  @xocasgv, a trip with @stuartathompson to the New York Times‘ morgue to discover fascinating graphics from the 50s and 60s and crowdsourcing flooded roads by @HoustonChron.

#DistractedBoyfriend Memes

Data journalist Xaquín González Veira illustrated his professional sins in 10 hilarious #DistractedBoyfriend styled memes. From flirting with last minute ideas despite looming deadlines to choosing fancy dataviz over the right chart for the data, this is one list that will have you in stitches.

A Trip to the Dataviz Morgue

The New York Times Opinion graphics director Stuart A. Thompson, together with his colleagues Jessie Ma and Jeff Roth, took a trip to the “morgue” — the paper’s archives. Here’s the cool graphics they found from between 1950 and 1962.

Next Up: Hurricane Irma

On the heels of Hurricane Harvey, The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang has turned its attention to the next possible threat, Hurricane Irma.

Crowdsourcing Houston

The Houston Chronicle crowdsourced a map of street closures and flooded streets in and around Houston due to Hurricane Harvey.

The Broken US Economy in One Chart

NYT depicts the soaring of income inequality in the US in a chart. The affluent have received significant raises in recent decades compared to the poor and middle class. This overwhelming flow of the country’s economic bounty to a small share of the population, the super-rich, is creating a huge gap between them and everyone else.

Pictorial or Abstract Dataviz?

Data visualization expert Alberto Cairo discusses presenting data in pictorial comparisons versus abstract graphics. He believes no visualization is ever perfect, or useful, in every case or every purpose; the key to a successful data presentation is to not limit yourself to just one graph, map or diagram but to combine different kinds.

How Cohesive are German Parties?

Berliner Morgenpost analyzed the responses of 32 parties in the German election. The analysis shows which parties are closest and most consistent in terms of party stands and which have huge differences. You can read their how-to process in calculating the political proximity between the parties here.


As at August 31, 2017, adult obesity rates in the US now exceed 35 percent in five states, 30 percent in 25 states and 25 percent in 46 states. West Virginia has the highest adult obesity rate at 37.7 percent and Colorado has the lowest at 22.3 percent.

Data Best Practices

Communications specialist Rebekah McBride lists five best practices and ethical guidelines for data journalists and journalism educators. It touches on minimizing the potential for inaccuracy and ensuring that data is not misrepresented.

Data Journalism Handbook Callout

The European Journalism Centre and Google News Lab seeks help to shape, write, use and share the second edition of the Data Journalism Handbook. Fill in the form if you’d like to get involved.

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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