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GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: Innovative Visualization, Data Fellowships and the Dark Side

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from April 23 to 29 finds @thetimes‘ interactive determining whether you’ll join the dark side, @albertocairo discussing precedents to innovative visualizations and @srendgen talking about the tech revolution encouraging data journalism.

Will You Join the Dark Side?

Will you go against the puritanical Jedi code and be like Vader? Or will you uphold ethics and be like Luke Skywalker? The Times created a short quiz to find out what’s the force within you.

Visualization Precedents

“Most visualizations that look very innovative have precedents,” writes data visualization expert Alberto Cairo in his discussion on how Henry Beck’s landmark 1933 London Underground map was likely inspired by George Dow, an employee of the London & North Eastern Railway.

School of Data Fellowships

School of Data is offering a nine-month fellowships to advance data literacy. There are eight spots, one in each of the following countries: Bolivia, Guatemala, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and the Philippines. Apply soon — the deadline is this Sunday, May 6.

Discussing the Data Revolution

What came first? The data or the demand for it? That’s what Sanra Rendgen, author of two books on data visualization and infographics, asks about the technological revolution which triggered news outlets to tap complex statistics as an independent source for news stories.

Peace in Colombia

ICFJ Knight Fellow for Latin America Fabiola Torres and her partners at Rutas del Conflicto launched an investigation into Colombia’s efforts to secure a lasting peace. They combined journalism and technology to track the murders of social leaders and the reintegration of former FARC combatants into civic life.

How the Census Influences Congress

Univision Noticias shows in four graphs how responses to a US state’s census corresponds to political power. Congressional representation depends on a state’s population, so when the population of a state increases, so will its representatives.

The Probability of Misinterpreting Probability Graphs

G Elliot Morris experiments with different ways to visualize election forecasting to combat the public’s probability of misinterpreting probability graphs.

Right Wing in the House

Six months into the 19th German Federal Parliament’s inaugural session, Süddeutsche Zeitung analyzed more than 1500 speeches from 24 session days to see how Parliament has changed since the entry of right-wing party AfD.

German Commute

How do people commute in southwest Germany? This interactive shows the number and percentage of people who commute to work, where they are heading and the most popular mode of transportation.

What’s in a Street Name?

Zeit Online discovers the historical background and geographic patterns behind 450,000 street names in Germany. This gorgeous data visualization, which made our January 22 to 28 Top 10 #ddj list, just got nominated for a top German prize, the Grimme Online Award.

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 SunMalaysian Today and Madam Chair.

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

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