GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10 for 2019: People Are The Story, Pirates vs. Princesses, Open Source Journalism, How Charts Lie, UN Votes

Throughout this year, we’ve brought you weekly “snapshots” of the Twitter conversation surrounding data journalism. But this week, we look at what the global data journalism community tweeted about the most during all of 2019. Below you’ll find links to stories from Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, the US, and elsewhere.

GIJN’s Data Journalism Top 10: UN Votes, Disaster Reporting, Big Data Stories in Small Newsrooms

What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from September 30 to Oct 6 finds Al Jazeera Labs analyzing the key issues debated and voted at the United Nations General Assembly since 1946, gathering expert advice on doing data journalism during natural disasters, Knight Center offering a free data visualization course in three languages, and El Confidencial visualizing the internal migration patterns in Spain’s provinces.

UN Report: “The Assault on Reporting”

On Wednesday, the UN and press freedom groups worldwide will mark International Day to End Impunity, commemorated since 2014 to highlight the glaring number of unresolved journalists’ murders and the lack of punishment for their perpetrators. As part of a series to mark the occasion, GIJN is pleased to excerpt “The Assault on Reporting” from a new report by David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression.

Covering the Money behind the Millennium Development Goals

There are the two essential questions a reporter covering business, the economy, or just about any topic should always ask: ‘How much does it cost?’ and ‘Where will you get the money from?’. These simple questions are not only key to gaining information about your current story’s topic, but they offer greater insight into reasons for decisions that have a direct impact on a country and its citizens.

UN Endorses Journalism Safety, Investigative Reporting

There’s no shortage of challenges facing investigative journalists. Worldwide, our colleagues are beset by lawsuits, threats, lack of resources, and unsupportive bosses. So it’s good news when important voices like those of the United Nations endorse our work. In the closing months of 2013, the UN passed two important measures in support of both journalist safety and investigative reporting. Journalists should take notice, particularly in places where the rule of law is weak. 

On December 18, the UN General Assembly adopted a Resolution on Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.