How They Did It: The Azerbaijani Laundromat

In September, the Danish national newspaper Berlingske, in partnership with the OCCRP and other international media partners, exposed a complex money laundering scheme led by Azerbaijan’s elite. The stories revealed that, between 2012 and 2014, $2.9 billion connected to the country was siphoned through European companies and banks. Here’s how they got the story.

How to Make Audiences Love Good Journalism

Changing the way accountability stories are written takes research, preparation, listening and even a bit of psychology. In an excerpt from from a recent American Press Institute report, here are some recommendations from experts about persuasion and communications — as well as examples from news organizations that are using non-narrative, data and visual elements to make the best of journalism better for audiences.

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

What’s the global #ddj community tweeting about? Our NodeXL mapping from June 19 to 25 includes Germany’s housing discrimination problem by @SPIEGELONLINE and @br_data, data on police interaction with the public from @StanfordEng and @StanfordJourn and a report on big data for gender from @Data2X.

How Univision Revealed Flaws in Costa Rica’s Judicial System

Four years of work and 8,000 judicial rulings later, the team at Univision Data shows how in Costa Rica, a person is more likely to be convicted of a crime if they are assigned a public defense attorney than if they have a private one. Their methodology included web scraping, R and logistic regression — a statistical method common in social sciences but practically unexplored in newsrooms.