GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: The NYT’s Data Curriculum, Space Junk, Parents vs. Non-Parents

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from June 17 to 23 finds Federica Fragapane visualizing space debris and their distance from earth, The New York Times open-sourcing its in-house data curriculum, Nathan Yau visualizing what time is lost for people once they have children, and Guns & America quantifying gunshot incidents within 300 meters of Washington, DC schools.

Resources for Finding and Using Satellite Images

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Satellite images are powerful tools for discovery and analysis, plus provide vivid illustrations. There is real potential for investigative journalists to make greater use of these space images, although they have used them to report on conflicts, climate change, refugees, forest fires, illegal mining, oil spills, deforestation, slavery and many other topics. Imagery, as one expert put it, “is independent of the official line of thinking.”

Among other benefits, images are great for showing change over time, such as retreating shorelines, growing islands or lost vegetation. Examining images can complement other research, possibly providing corroborating evidence. This GIJN resource includes ten places to go for pro bono help and free images, including high resolution images.