What Washington is Doing in Your Country: A Tipsheet for Investigating US Influence Around the World

The government of the United States engages with virtually every country in the world on some level. From presidential actions to criminal investigations, and from aid programs to military assistance, many of these areas are traceable at some level through public-facing databases. Here’s GIJN’s tipsheet to show you where to start digging into the data.

Marshall Project data analysis of child detentions at US border

Data Journalism Top 10: Child Detentions at US Border, Slave Journeys, Aztec Iconography, Facebook’s ‘Broken Promises’

This week, our DDJ Top 10 looks at The Marshall Project’s analysis of child detention at the US border, the Baltimore Banner’s in-depth story on the city’s vacant housing crisis. Plus, we dive into stories using historical data to investigate how slavery broke apart families, a flight analysis on the new destinations of the Russian elite, and a look at Facebook’s “broken promises.”

Editor’s Pick: 2021’s Best Investigative Stories from Bangladesh

Over the last 12 months investigative journalists in Bangladesh uncovered cases of corruption, abuse of power, money laundering, and institutional negligence. The biggest topic last year, as in previous years, was corruption. But in picking the top stories of 2021, we also considered significance and novelty, the diversity of issues covered, impact, and a focus on the vulnerable and marginalized sectors of society as much as the depth and techniques used in any investigation.

America’s Cultural Landscape, Germany’s Record Summer, Spain’s Immigration Boom, Google’s Data Search

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from July 30 to Aug 5 finds practical advice from @junkcharts for conference presenters to showcase their graphics, @Google making data in data journalism pieces more searchable, @funkeinteraktiv displaying the ways Germany is breaking records this summer, @eldiarioes examining Spain’s immigration boom and author Colin Woodard breaking down America’s regional cultures in The New York Times.