How They Did It: Developing a Data-Driven Navigator on Gun Laws

Last August, Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit research and advocacy group for gun control, launched the Gun Law Navigator, an exploratory data visualization tool explaining how states in America regulate guns. The project, developed by the Boston-based creative digital studio Upstatement, received lots of attention not only for examining such a sensitive topic, but also for successfully telling a visual, data-driven story about a complex subject: legislation.

This Week’s Top Ten in Data Journalism

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from October 23 to 29 has @fedfragapane and @piaaaac visualizing six asylum seekers’ routes, @Recode breaking down the Gates Foundation’s philanthropic contributions by category and @lisacrost offering tips on how to choose a color palette for choropleth maps.

Behind the First Arab Data Journalists’ Network

In 2012, Amr Eleraqi launched a data visualization website to introduce the concept of data visualization to the Arabic-speaking world. Earlier this year, Eleraqi and team of nine launched the first Arab Data Journalists’ Network. Here’s how the group plans on changing the data journalism scene in the region.

اساليب فعالة لإنشاء فريق صحافة بيانات ناجح

منذ خمسة أعوام، كان يُنظر إلى الصحفيين الذين يستخدمون قواعد البيانات أو يستعينون بقراصنة إنترنت ومبرمجين باعتبارهم مهووسين، أما الآن فقد اختلف محيط العمل؛ أصبحنا على دراية بقصص فساد حقيقية مثل وثائق بنما التي أكدت وجود اتحاد بين الصحفيين والتكنولوجيا، كذلك فإن منح جائزة بوليترز للتحقيق الذي كشف الجانب المظلم للصناعة الخارجية عام ٢٠١٧ هو اعتراف بالهزة والتأثير الذي أحدثته هذه الطريقة الجديدة من العمل.

Top Ten #DDJ: This Week’s Top Data Journalism

What’s the global #ddj community tweeting about? Our NodeXL mapping from July 3 to July 9 has @paulbradshaw with his top picks for data journalism stories for audio, @br_data and @BR_Recherche with a podcast on the tax paradise of Madeira and @EngnRoom with an introductory guide to investigative web research.

How Not To Be Wrong

While your story can be true, it might be wrong. That’s what New York Times data journalist Robert Gebeloff explained at the recent European Investigative Journalism Conference & Dataharvest. Check out some of Gebleoff’s tips, and a data journalism checklist.

Helena Bengtsson: Bringing People Back to Facts

When faced with data journalism, journalists often say “Oh, I can’t do that, it’s too complicated” [or] “I hated math in school, I really can’t take the time to learn how to do this”. However, data expert Helena Bengtsson stresses that data journalism is not that hard, and insists that every journalist should have basic knowledge of how to sort and filter a spreadsheet, and do simple calculations.

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.