Cómo los fotoperiodistas documentan el COVID-19 alrededor del mundo


Por medio de entrevistas con GIJN, seis fotoperiodistas de diferentes lugares del mundo describen cómo han enfrentado retos tecnológicos, de seguridad y de acceso para fotografiar la pandemia. En mayo, el fotoperiodista David Goldman veía con incredulidad las noticias, mientras el número de muertes por COVID-19 aumentaba sin control en una residencia para veteranos estatal, en el noreste de Estados Unidos. La situación se convertiría en una tragedia nacional y un escándalo estatal —con 100 muertes en dicha institución desde el inicio de la pandemia— debido a las pérdidas por COVID-19 de veteranos internados en el Massachusetts Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, muchos de quienes habían servido en guerras tan remotas como la Segunda Guerra Mundial, mientras sus familiares en cuarentena no podían hacer nada excepto preguntar a las enfermeras sobre sus últimos momentos. Cuando los administradores del centro se negaron a darle acceso o cooperar, el fotógrafo David Goldman buscó menciones de la residencia y el COVID-19 en los obituarios y contactó a sus familiares en Facebook. De acuerdo con una investigación independiente que se realizó después, la orden de combinar a residentes infectados y saludables en el mismo pabellón fue solo uno de los muchos errores que contribuyeron al desastre.

Data Journalism Top 10: Climate Migrants, COVID Testing Disparities, Outbreak Epicenters, Brazil’s Military

In the midst of the pandemic, some newsrooms haven’t forgotten about the issue of climate change. Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from July 20 to 26 found ProPublica partnering with The New York Times Magazine to examine climate migration and where climate refugees are moving to. On the COVID-19 front, FiveThirtyEight revealed the disparities in the availability of testing sites between Black and Hispanic neighborhoods and white areas, broadcaster RBB highlighted that the risk of coronavirus was more keenly felt by low-income earners, and the Google News Initiative and Agência Lupa communicated the impact of the coronavirus by visually putting readers at the epicenter of an outbreak.

What We’re Reading: Pakistani and Zimbabwean Journalists Detained, Race and the Newsroom, and Tips for Interviewing

In this week’s Friday 5, where we round up key reads from around the world in English, one journalist from Zimbabwe and another from Pakistan were abducted and detained, the Reuters Institute report on Race and Leadership in the News Media was released, and NPR’s Terry Gross and The New York Times’ Michael Barbaro offered up some tips on interviewing.

Data Journalism Top 10: Measuring Mask Use, Parental Interruptions, Childbirth Woes, India’s Low Death Rate

How widespread is mask use in your country? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from July 13 to 19 finds The New York Times mapping the odds of people encountering other mask wearers in the United States, two university professors quantifying the number of interruptions a parent suffers on average every hour while working from home, the Committee to Protect Journalists talking to data journalists about the struggles of reporting on COVID-19, and openDemocracy documenting cases of mistreatment of women in labor around the world since the pandemic started.

Data Journalism Top 10: COVID-19 Racial Inequity, Cash for the Connected, Africa’s Silent Epidemic, Amazon Safety

The coronavirus pandemic has upended the lives of people around the world, but some communities are especially hard hit. Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from July 6 to 12 finds The New York Times analyzing data that reveals Black and Latino people have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, The Washington Post highlighting that business relief funds for the pandemic have gone to the rich and well-connected, and Bloomberg looking at more than 120 US businesses that say the coronavirus helped force them into bankruptcy.

Data Journalism Top 10: Pace of Global COVID-19 Deaths, Who Can Work from Home, Visualizations for the Colorblind, Skin Tone and Sports

It is hard to comprehend the true impact of COVID-19 around the world. Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from June 29 to July 5 finds Reuters trying to visualize the alarming rate of deaths related to the coronavirus pandemic, Datawrapper examining which employees can actually afford to work from home, and data journalist Carmen Aguilar García writing about using R programming language and automating repetitive data processes in order to keep up with the demand for pandemic news.

Data Journalism Top 10: How US Infection Spread, Data Hires, Identity Theft, and Lightning Strikes vs. Lottery Wins

Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from June 22 to 28 finds The New York Times analyzing travel patterns and genetic data to show how the disease spread across the United States, and the impact it has had on nursing homes and elderly care facilities. The Washington Post is responding to the increasing importance of visual data communication by expanding its data and graphics team, and the Pulitzer Center is calling for data journalism story proposals.