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GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: Lying Maps, Foul Mouthed Moms and Geek Sauce

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from April 30 to May 6 finds @theboysmithy talking to @MarkMonmonier about the influence a cartographer can exert over a naive map reader, @OCCRP‘s data visualization platform to map complex crime networks and @PostGraphics‘ mapping of diversity in America’s neighborhoods.

Even Good Maps Lie

Financial Times data visualization editor speaks to Mark Monmonier about the launch of the third edition of his book, How to Lie With Maps. In the book, Monmonier expresses concern about the general ability of readers to know what a good map looks like, and he attempts to introduce a healthy skepticism in the way people read and create maps.

Visualization for Investigations

VIS is a data visualization platform designed to assist investigative journalists, activists and others in mapping complex business or crime networks.

Mapping Diversity

America is more racially and ethnically diverse than ever but segregation remains persistent. In The Washington Post’s visualization of the level of diversity in American cities, you can check out the racial makeup of your neighbohood by clicking “Jump to explore your city.”

Driving Subscriptions with Foul-Mouthed Moms

The Economist has a 22-year history of creating charts online and 90 years in print, but it only started focusing on creating charts for social media at the end of 2017. Digiday takes a look at how the 12-person data team have been tweaking their charts and sharing engaging charts, like a recent one on foul-mouthed mothers, to drive subscriptions.

Analyzing Kenya’s Water Woes

Purity Mukami crunches the numbers behind the rainfall and surface runoff during Kenya’s rainy season — and discovers it adds up to a lot. She opines that building sustainable water harvesting systems to utilize the deluge of rainwater could be the answer to Kenya’s water problems.

Madeira: The EU-Approved Tax Haven

Rbb24 interviews Ulrike Köppen, the head of the BR Data team, about its investigation into Madeira — a tax haven approved by the European Commission (in German).

Economics and Data Literacy

Quaid-i-Azam University’s Dr Zahid Asghar discusses how opposing points of views on economic numbers can both be valid and correct. He thinks there is lack of understanding that both “better” and “bad” can co-exist and suggested that data journalists help society and policy makers to better understand the numbers through data literacy.

Peace in Colombia Platform

Last week, ICFJ Knight Fellow Fabiola Torres’ and Rutas del Conflicto’s investigation platform into Colombia’s peace efforts made the Top 10 #ddj. This week, Torres’ explanatory piece on how they put the project together made the cut.

Google Data Studio Course

Learn how to build dashboards and reports in Google Data Studio with Benjamin Mangold from Loves Data, a digital analytics and online advertising agency, using Google Analytics and Google Sheets. The course costs USD$89.

And Now for Some Geek Sauce

In his own words, technologist Giuseppe Sollazzo’s newsletter offers “Data. Data visualization. Data Journalism. Open Data. Design. Code. Literature. Films. Music. Books. Language. Everything else. In a geeky sauce.” Subscribe if you’d like.

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

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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