GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: Zero Privacy, Hurricane Maps, Water Stress, Russian Judges

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from August 26 to Sept 1 finds The New York Times examining the massive amount of digital trackers that follow an individual’s web activity, The Washington Post looking at the stress on global water resources, Data Visualization Society announcing the first #VizRisk challenge winners, and Datajournalism.com sharing tips on how journalists can learn to code.

Research Desk: Weather Disasters, Population, ICT

Here’s a final Research Desk for 2015, with tips on “pinging” websites and new reports on world population, weather disasters, the information society, and more. As part of GIJN’s work to expand its Resource Center, we’ll be switching the Research Desk to a social media-based format in the new year. This will provide quicker and more regular tips, tools, and references for everyone. You can subscribe via Twitter here: @GIJNTools. Thanks for all the interest in 2015! Cool Tool: Is a Site Online and Accessible?

Chinese Media Investigate Deadly Explosion in Tianjin

In spite of official efforts to control news coverage of last week’s deadly explosions in the Chinese port city of Tianjin, Chinese media have responded swiftly not only to cover the fast-moving disaster, but also to probe the why and how of the tragedy. Within hours of the blast, leading Chinese media, both traditional and online, began investigating reasons for the toxic facilities to be built next to residential developments, the ownership of the storage, the failure of government oversight, and the botched response to the disaster.