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2019-05-13 | J++ Newsletter #75
European elections time

There have been a lot of data stories relating to the European Parliament elections and more will come. In this newsletter we will also look outside Europe, Al Jazeera has published a new Data Journalism Handbook in both Arabic and English.

The rise of populist parties in Europe
Will populist parties gain more seats in the European Parliament after the election? Der Spiegel has looked back the last 20 years to compare the rise of populist parties in EU countries and they are growing, but not everywhere:

The data on GitHub:

If everyone lived like a Swede...
... then we would already have exceeded the planet's annual supply of natural resources. AFP has visualized the footprint of citizens to compare different countries and the EU average:



Data Journalism Handbook in Arabic and English
Al Jazeera Media Institute has published a Data Journalism Handbook and it is written by Al Jazeeras data journalist Mohammed Haddad from their interactive team:

The handbook goes through all the steps from finding a story to presentation, and it starts with trying to kill some myths about data journalism, one is: "Data journalists are not real journalists, they’re only interested in numbers, not telling stories." 

One of the examples in the book is Broken Homes from 2016 where journalists from Al Jazeera worked together with United Nations to track all the home demolitions in East Jerusalem:
If you have missed the re-launch of you should check it out. They have really good long reads about data journalism, a community and video courses. 

Data feminism
What does data have to do with feminism? A lot, according to the authors of this book. The book is not published yet, or it is but not the final version, a draft is published for everyone to comment and the comments are almost as interesting as the book itself:

J++ news

What we have learnt about automated story
If you attend a data visualization workshop with J++ we will tell you that the secret to good data viz is story-telling. Good data visualization tells a story.
But can we teach a _computer_ what a good story is? Jens Finnäs attended Visualizing Knowledge Festival in Helsinki to share some of our experiences from Newsworthy. Read more here:

This Thursday: Breakfast seminar with J++, Inizio and Aftonbladet
We expect to see record turnout in the upcoming EP elections. But what parties will gain and lose if the turnout increases?
We have dug in into election data to find out. The results will be presented at a breakfast seminar that we co-arrange with Inizio and Aftonbladet on the 16th of May.
Sign up here:

Visualization challenge

How would you visualize humanity? If you have an idea you can take part in Datastory's summer challenge:
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