Data Journalism Top 10: Hawaii’s Disappearing Beaches, Stolen Paintings, Investigating Disappearances, Herd Immunity Calculator

Hawaii’s scenery can be breathtaking, with cliff-rimmed white-sand beaches and surf-worthy waves. But our NodeXL #ddj mapping (Dec. 28-Jan. 3) found ProPublica highlighting dramatic erosion of the island state’s beaches over the past century. Also in this edition, we feature an interactive graphic to calculate the time to achieve COVID-19 herd immunity based on the US vaccination rate, a global vaccine distribution tracker, Federica Fragapane’s visualization of stolen paintings, and a compilation of 2020’s best data visualization lists.

হারিয়ে যাওয়াদের পদচিহ্ন যেভাবে খোঁজেন অনুসন্ধানী সাংবাদিকরা

মানবপাচার, জোরপূর্বক শ্রম, গুম-খুন ইত্যাদি নানা কারণে প্রতি বছর নিখোঁজ হয়ে যাচ্ছেন লাখো মানুষ। কখনো কখনো কেউ হয়তো নিজে থেকেই লুকিয়ে থাকছে। কিভাবে এসব হারিয়ে যাওয়া মানুষদের নিয়ে করা যায় অনুসন্ধান? এই লেখায়, অভিজ্ঞ সাংবাদিকরা বিষয়গুলো ব্যাখ্যা করেছেন উদাহরণ দেখিয়ে। এবং দিয়েছেন দরকারী সব পরামর্শ।

My Favorite Tools with Quinto Elemento’s Marcela Turati

For our series on journalists’ favorite tools, we spoke to award-winning Mexican journalist Marcela Turati, co-founder of Quinto Elemento Lab, about the resources she uses to investigate disappearances in Mexico’s drug war. While information from victims’ families is paramount, she also shared insights on the value of open source tools, bank records, social media mining, and collaboration with nonprofit forensic teams in tracking the patterns behind the crisis.

Digging into Disappearances: A Guide to Investigating Missing People and Organized Crime

Millions of people disappear every year, according to the International Commission on Missing People, and organized crime is involved in many of these cases. The violence associated with drug trafficking in particular, but also wildlife smuggling, resource theft, human trafficking, and other criminal rackets, plays a key role in many of the disappearances. Journalists act as both a deterrent to this kind of criminal conduct and as public-minded investigators, particularly where the rule of law has broken down.At its most sophisticated, organized crime is transnational, highly organized, and often systemic. It features in everyday life, infiltrating systems and groups that are essential to society. Disappearances are often a byproduct of this criminal activity.