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10 data journalism projects that made an impact in 2020: our ultimate COVID-19 roundup

DataJournalism.com celebrates some of the most noteworthy covid-related data stories of 2020.

Data collection

Harnessing Wikipedia's superpowers for journalism

Finding hidden data inside the world's free encyclopedia is no easy task for journalists. In Monika Sengul-Jones' long read article, she explains how to navigate the often unwieldy world of Wikipedia.

Best practices

Quality journalism

Own your newsfeed, own your data

In a fragmented world, can you keep all your news sources and items in one place? Yes, you can. As long as you are intentional, consistent, and use a few simple techniques and tools, things can only get better.

Case studies

Data analysis

Inside the FinCEN Files: How ICIJ analysed damning data on big banks and dirty money

More than 85 journalists in 30 countries collaborated on the FinCEN Files investigation. It involved extracting data on more than $2 trillion dollars in transactions between 1999 and 2017 reported as suspicious to a US treasury department.

Emilia Díaz-Struck, Agustin Armendariz, Delphine Reuter, Jelena Cosic, Karrie Kehoe, Mago Torres, Margot Williams and Miguel Fiandor Gutiérrez

Data analysis

Putting data back into context

Data are never neutral ‘givens’, but always situated in a particular context, collected for a particular reason -- and it’s crucial that data journalists understand these.

Data visualisation

The unspoken rules of visualisation

Designers often follow a set of strict conventions when creating visualisations. Kaiser Fung examines the fundamental rules of data visualisation, why they are important, and when it is okay to break them.

Covering issues

Reporting beyond the case numbers: How to brainstorm COVID-19 data story ideas

While many journalists around the world report the daily infection rate and death toll of COVID-19, audiences are seeking other stories that show the impact of the virus on their lives. How can journalists tell those wider stories with data?

Data visualisation

The essential lies in news maps

In order to display three-dimensional world we live in, journalists are forced to distort reality. And every map does so in its own way. Maarten Lambrechts looks at commonly used maps and how to avoid being misled by them.

Data visualisation

The essential lies in news maps

In order to display three-dimensional world we live in, journalists are forced to distort reality. And every map does so in its own way. Maarten Lambrechts looks at commonly used maps and how to avoid being misled by them.

Data analysis

Putting data back into context

Data are never neutral ‘givens’, but always situated in a particular context, collected for a particular reason -- and it’s crucial that data journalists understand these.

Data analysis

Spreadsheets for journalism

Many journalists see themselves as “word people” and shy away from writing about numbers. Brant Houston shows how to embrace math with an overview of spreadsheets and functions for beginners.

Data visualisation

Ethics

Designing data visualisations with empathy

How do you get audience members, much less the journalists presenting a story, to walk a mile in the shoes of a dot? Or a bar chart? P. Kim Bui provides three approaches for achieving empathy in data visualisations.

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Detailed courses and expert interviews for all workflow levels

Quality journalism
Countering hate speech

Julia Mozer

Video course
Fundamental search for journalists

Vincent Ryan

Coding
Python for journalists

Winny de Jong

Best practices
When to hire a data journalist

Winny de Jong

Data analysis
Going Viral Using Social Media Analytics

Stijn Debrouwere

Coding
Python for journalists

Winny de Jong

Covering issues
Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools

Paul Bradshaw, Steve Doig, Simon Rogers, Nicolas Kayser-Bril, Alberto Cairo

Video course
Fundamental search for journalists

Vincent Ryan

Data collection
Cleaning Data in Excel

Maarten Lambrechts

Data visualisation
Mapping for Journalists

Maarten Lambrechts

Data visualisation
Charting Tools for the Newsroom

Maarten Lambrechts

Coding
Python for journalists

Winny de Jong

Covering issues
Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools

Paul Bradshaw, Steve Doig, Simon Rogers, Nicolas Kayser-Bril, Alberto Cairo

Data visualisation
Charting Tools for the Newsroom

Maarten Lambrechts

Data analysis
Going Viral Using Social Media Analytics

Stijn Debrouwere

Data collection
Cleaning Data in Excel

Maarten Lambrechts

Best practices
When to hire a data journalist

Winny de Jong

Data visualisation
Mapping for Journalists

Maarten Lambrechts

Case studies
Verification: The Basics

Craig Silverman, Claire Wardle

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"I'm having a problem: Whenever I try to run the df = pd.read_csv('results.csv') command, I get the error below. I..."

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"Thank you for sharing the list of investigation tools! This is fantastic. As a Canadian living in Montreal, I'm a..."

"Hi! Good Work! I was in a course of Python with a lot of videos, but could not understand nothing. Now, watching..."

"Great lessons! I am learning more than in my university with this professionals. I am really excited with them. It's..."

"Hello Maarten. I have a problem. When I upload the shape file, the project window of QGIS remains blank, nothing..."

"Predictive analytics has grown in popularity in the healthcare and medical research communities but perhaps nothing..."

"Dear Erik, thank you for your detailed article, authentic voice, understandable. I am Magda from Greece and i have a..."

"Realizing that Reality is not what we make of it, the job for all human adults is to strive to make things clear..."

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"This was an excellent module! Thank you. I only wish I could see a few minutes introductory into editing the..."

"Where can students find the quizzes that accompany the lectures?"

"Thank you Vincent for this course."

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"I'm having a problem: Whenever I try to run the df = pd.read_csv('results.csv') command, I get the error below. I..."

"Hi There! greetings from spain"

"Hi Winny. I don't know why but this piece of code of yours doesn't work in my Jupyter Notebook, printing: ----> 4..."

"Hi! An conda environment is a directory that contains a specific collection of conda packages that you have..."

"Hi, I am a journalist interested on learn about hate speech counternarratives and I want to investigate more over..."

"Really excited with this opportunity!! Thanks!"

"Hi Winny, I have tried to perform web scraping on two different websites but not successful. The error is "list..."

"Thank you Mr. Rogers. I learnt a lot of things. It help me the fact you add a lot of examples and everything is..."

"Hi Peace be on you Sir. I cannot see quiz here plz if someone."

"Hi! Good Work! I was in a course of Python with a lot of videos, but could not understand nothing. Now, watching..."

"Hi Pascal, when I use the fiule you list above my system is very (very) slow. I've filtered on 1944 in the same way..."

"I watched this course video on VIMEO instead of on-site - will this be ok as course participation? Also, is it..."

"Thank you Vincent for this course."

"Right click on the entire column, click on 'Format Cells', go to 'Dates' and from there you can choose your..."

"Thanks for the course, Maarten! Very clear and clean :)"

"Thank you for this article - it made me inspired. I'm a synesthete (seeing colours and shapes of touch, music,..."

"I've gained so much insight as a data-journalism enthusiast after reading this article. I'm really looking forward..."

"Thank you for bringing this to our attention Tiberio. The resources are updated."

"Hi, similar data is found here: https://data.world/datamil/world-war-ii-thor-data. It holds bombings of the entire world"

"Fantastic Newsletter issue. Thanks for providing all this for free."

"The biggest problem is, especially in developing countries, that the huge part of civil society is not developed..."

"Great lessons! I am learning more than in my university with this professionals. I am really excited with them. It's..."

"is it possible to find out information about the Pakistan reactor in other sources, not to delete it?"

"hier steht gar nicht, wer den Artikel geschrieben hat, er war es: http://www.nickdiakopoulos.com/publications/"

"Great beginning!"

"What about the countries of the conflicts wars internal like Libya?"

"Everyblock seems to be run down by new owner Nextdoor"

"For a social bookmarking site, I'd suggest https://tagpacker.com Before delicious.com was retired and became a..."

"What a great infographic! I am amazed. I have never saw an infographic, which is colourful and informative about the..."

"Hi Vincent. I tried searching for flourish.studio/newsroom but it says the page doesn't exist. Any advice on how to..."

"You make essential points for writers coming to data journalism. (Also, you provide analytic specialist with..."

"I am Wajahat Ullah from Pakistan. I am student of journalism and Mass communication at AWKUM."

"Great Insights about data scraping! They're very helpful. Here is a blog I would love to..."

"Thank You Sir. Its really very amazing subject."

"Thank you for sharing the list of investigation tools! This is fantastic. As a Canadian living in Montreal, I'm a..."

"For whoever interested on learning about Chartbuilder please note that Quartz is no longer developing or supporting..."

"Hello Maarten. I have a problem. When I upload the shape file, the project window of QGIS remains blank, nothing..."

"Where can students find the quizzes that accompany the lectures?"

"This was an excellent module! Thank you. I only wish I could see a few minutes introductory into editing the..."

"Predictive analytics has grown in popularity in the healthcare and medical research communities but perhaps nothing..."

"Dear Erik, thank you for your detailed article, authentic voice, understandable. I am Magda from Greece and i have a..."

"Realizing that Reality is not what we make of it, the job for all human adults is to strive to make things clear..."

"Hi Sir ..i m very very Excited"

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