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.

Tips and Strategies: Freelancing during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Financial Resources

Folio has a special page for freelance journalists impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes a rolling list of grants, where to find work, and free resources for journalists. 
GIJN has summarized available grants for journalists and publishers worldwide. While not specific to freelancers there are many here that apply. The Press Freedom Defense Fund launched a financial assistance program for a limited number of journalists impacted by the pandemic. The July fund opened for applications in late June; keep watching the site for announcements of future funds. 
The South Asian Journalists Association has compiled a list of special funds for freelancers and unemployed journalists, along with other resources to help cope during the pandemic. There’s a special section with writing opportunities just for freelancers.

Freelancing During the Pandemic: A Pitching Guide and Free Webinar for Investigative Reporters

Freelancing as an investigative journalist is challenging in the best of times, and more so during a pandemic. GIJN’s latest guide offers broad guidance on pitching, financial support, and networking for freelancers as the COVID-19 crisis continues. Be sure to catch our free webinar — Freelance Investigative Journalism During the Time of COVID — on Thursday July 9 at 9:00 EST as part of GIJN’s Investigating the Pandemic series.

What We’re Reading: Pegasus Spyware Targets Another Journalist, Cybersecurity Reading List, and Capitalizing Black

This week’s Friday 5, where we round up our favorite reads from around the online world in English, includes a report from The Guardian and GIJN member Forbidden Stories about a Moroccan journalist targeted by Pegasus spyware, five books on cybersecurity that you should be reading, and, in the midst of the global Black Lives Matter movement, AP Stylebook’s decision to capitalize Black.