GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10 in 2018: Visual Vocabulary, Eclectic Visualization, Google Dataset Search, Laughing in Parliament

It’s been a great year for data journalism and visualizations. GIJN’s Top 10 #ddj series captured snapshots of what’s popular on Twitter among the global data journalism community for 46 weeks in 2018. For this edition, we asked NodeXL to map 2018’s most popular #ddj tweets from January 1 to December 11 and the results are in. This year’s most popular tweets include @FinancialTimes’ ever-popular Visual Vocabulary chart, @Google’s Dataset Search, @hnrklndbrg’s eclectic visualizations, and @SZ’s analysis of Germany’s parliamentarians using laughter as a debate weapon.

This Week’s Top Ten in Data Journalism

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from September 25 to October 1 has @FT mapping the route in a day of a London Uber driver, #NICAR18 registration opening up, @Lattif charting Africa’s internet shutdowns using @atlascharts and loads of German election data visualizations.

Top Ten #ddj: The Week’s Most Popular Data Journalism Links

Here are top data journalism tweets for May 1-7, per our NodeXL mapping: delayed cherry blossoms (@TheEconomist); dataviz how-to (@albertocairo); 20 million starving (@washingtonpost); Munich route planner code (@Munichrocker); FB German filter bubble (@SZ); Open Data Index (@pinardag); and more.

Data Biographies: Getting to Know Your Data

Too often, inexperienced data users accept the data they receive at face value. Data scientist Heather Krause cautions that data should be treated similar to a human source. Just as you’d do a background check on a human source before publishing what they told you, you need to understand your data.

Top Ten #ddj: The Week’s Most Popular Data Journalism Links

Here are the top data journalism tweets for Feb 27-Mar 5, per our NodeXL mapping: #NICAR17 readings (@albertocairo); fake news guide collaboration (@jwyg); US visa restrictions (@ddjournalism); statistics’ interactive viz (@BrownUniversity); Guardian’s 10-point guide to ddj (@smfrogers); & more.

Top Ten #ddj: The Week’s Most Popular Data Journalism Links

Here are the hottest data journalism tweets for Jan 30-Feb 5, per our NodeXL mapping: Visual Trumpery (@albertocairo); dataviz colour functions (@FastCoDesign); How to Lie with Statistics (@PenguinBooks); mapping 13m climate change tweets (@CarbonBrief); OpenStreetMap (@datenjournalist); & more.

Why Journalism Education Faces a Worrisome Future

If you want to study journalism, you have more choices today, at lower cost, and of higher quality than ever. Sometimes you will get that at a university and sometimes not. That represents a challenge for universities. In a lecture at a journalism conference in Puebla, Mexico, I described a personal experience taking a course in data visualization from one of the world leaders in the field, Alberto Cairo, author of “The Functional Art.” This kind of course represents a major challenge for universities, because their monopoly on expertise and certification is eroding. Just as occurred in the news business, competitors are emerging who are offering attractive alternatives.