Struck by Lightning: A Quick Lesson on Cleaning up Your Data

Being struck by lightning is often used as an example of heavenly retribution because it is so unlikely. Fatalities due to lightning are statistical outliers, since most people struck by lightning survive. So what is the best way to avoid becoming one of these outliers? The following is a step-by-step set of instructions for unpacking a dataset – and being careful about the conclusions we draw.

GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: France’s Shocking Yellow Vest Injuries, Yield Curve Music, Migration Maps

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from March 11 to March 17 finds @davduf’s award-winning exposé of Yellow Vest injuries in France, @theboysmithy making music out of the yield curve, and @alisonkilling on mapping two fictional migrants’ journeys to Europe.

Fellowships To Attend the 11th Global Investigative Journalism Conference

The Global Investigative Journalism Network, Netzwerk Recherche and Interlink Academy are delighted to be offering, with the help of our sponsors, more than 200 fellowships to attend the premier international gathering of investigative and data journalists this year. The 11th Global Investigative Journalism Conference will be held in Hamburg, Germany from September 26 to 29, and will feature over a hundred exciting panels, workshops, and networking sessions.

Document of the Day: Algorithms for Journalists

Here’s a great place to start learning about how algorithms can enhance your work: A Columbia Journalism School professor has shared his course syllabus online, complete with exercises and examples of how algorithms have been used by journalists.

GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: Mapping Wildfires, Insuring Climate Risk, Data Viz for Kids

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from December 3 to 9 finds @BuzzFeedNews mapping wildfire prone areas across America, @dwnews dissecting the value of insurance against climate change, the release of @infobeautyaward winners, and @jschwabish teaching fourth grade kids the wonders of data visualization in fun and inventive ways.