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GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: Sex in Parliament, Peace and Press Freedom and Vanishing Global Water

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from May 14 to 20 finds @FinancialTimes highlighting @NASA data on high-risk drought areas across the globe, @infogram juxtaposing press freedom with global peace rankings, and @BBCNews showing how smuggling mobile phones is a rampant problem in English and Welsh prisons.

The Next Cape Towns

New satellite data from NASA shows that dozens of regions across the globe are in danger of running out of water due to human activity and climate.

World Peace Related to Press Freedom?

Infogram visualizes the press freedom rankings of countries in the past three years using data from the World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders. It also juxtaposed the 10 best and worst nations against the Global Peace Index to see if there is any relation between press freedom and world peace.

Prison Calling

From parliamentary replies and freedom of information requests, the BBC’s Shared Data Unit reports that at least 15,000 mobile phones or SIM cards were confiscated in English and Welsh prisons last year, equivalent to one for every six inmates. The phones are used to order drugs and coordinate criminal activity inside and outside jail.

Germany’s Child Abuse Problem

Nationwide statistics of child abuse and maltreatment in Germany are just the tip of the iceberg. hr-INFO radio takes a deep dive into the problem of violence against children and the lack of protection for them in the country.

Moonlighting Politicians

German members of parliament are legally allowed to take on a secondary job. Spiegel analyzes the reported additional income of its country’s people’s representatives and found that among the top five earners are three politicians from the Christian Democratic Union of Germany who are involved in agricultural activities.

Italian Political Parties

Coder and designer Fabio Bergamaschi mapped all the political parties in Italy’s parliament since 1949.

Sex in Parliament

Giuseppe Sollazzo made a tool to chart the frequency of words and phrases uttered in UK Parliament debates, according to text extracted from the Hansard, the archive of parliamentary debates.

Conversations with Data Newsletter

The European Journalism Centre just launched its new data newsletter to inspire conversations with data journalists. Its first edition will focus on algorithmic reporting; take the opportunity to ask Nick Diakopoulous questions on the subject.

PhD on the Brain?

Thinking of doing a PhD in digital and data journalism? There are 15 positions available listed here. Closing date of applications is this Sunday, May 27, 2018.

Color PaletteR Package

PaletteR is an R package which lets you extract, from any image, a custom number of representative colors. It is a young package with a lot more work to be done — contributions are welcome.

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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