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GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: Aging Wimbledon, Must-Read DataViz, Bad Charts, German Opera

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from July 15 to 21 finds Information Is Beautiful’s sharing its gallery of must-read data visualization books, highlighting pitfalls in creating charts, the FT analyzing the age of Wimbledon players, and WDR scrutinizing Germany’s opera repertoire.

Old World Opera

WDR scrutinized the opera schedules of 13 municipal theaters in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany, last year. While there was a total of more than 1,000 shows performed, WDR found that living composers barely had a chance to be included in the repertoire.

Dataviz Books Everyone Should Read

Looking to improve your knowledge on data visualization? Information is Beautiful, in association with the Data Visualization Society, put together a neat gallery of books to read with links to purchase them.

Bad Charts

This edition of the Conversations with Data newsletter looks at the common pitfalls in creating data visualizations. Learn from the visual faux pas other data journalists have made so you can avoid the same mistakes.

Veterans Dominate Wimbledon

The failure of men’s tennis younger players to break the hegemony of the Big Three — Djokovic, Federer, and Nadal — at Wimbledon this year meant that the average age of men in Wimbledon’s last 16 surpassed 30 years old for the first time.

Which EU Country Is Family Friendly?

VoxEurop takes a look at UNICEF’s report on family-friendly policies in European Union member states. Explore the ranking of each country in several interactive graphs according to four key indicators, including paid leave and childcare. Spoiler alert: Sweden does well, as expected, but the top spot is grabbed by… Portugal. This piece is also available in French, German, and Italian.

Importance of Legends

Think twice before getting rid of legends in data visualizations, as viewers might get frustrated if they cannot find explanations or references for the graphics. Data viz expert Alberto Cairo argues that legends aren’t optional add-ons but an integral part of visualizations.

Representing Data Through Touch

Data physicalization can be seen, touched, heard, tasted, smelled, and more. Alice Corona, co-founder of the Batjo data site, explains the potential journalistic benefits of physical data representations and how to create such artifacts.

Disinformation Website Exposed

After months of analysis, Blick revealed who is behind Schweizer Morgenpost and breaks down its successful strategy in disseminating propaganda and disinformation.

Teaching Data Journalism

Digital journalism professor Mindy McAdams attempts to answer the question: “How can we prepare emerging journalists to work with data, and what are the essential computational skills that need to be conveyed?” in her paper for the World Journalism Education Congress.

Open Source Datashare

Have you tried ICIJ’s Datashare document analysis tool yet? It now offers journalists the ability to star documents to bookmark them and search within documents using Control+F or Command+F.

Thanks, once again, to Marc Smith of Connected Action for gathering the links and graphing them. The Top Ten #ddj list is curated weekly.

Eunice Au is GIJN’s program coordinator. 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.


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

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