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2019-06-17 | J++ Newsletter #77

Data Journalism Awards and GEN Summit 2019

And the winners are...
During the Global Editor Network (GEN) conference in Athens last week twelve winners of the Data Journalism Awards were announced. We were shortlisted for best data journalism team portfolio (small newsroom) and we were honored to be listed with the winner Hate Crime Watch in India, by the organisation (, congrats!

Der Tagesspiegel won the award for innovation of data journalism with their impressive project Radmesser: "This team ingeniously used machine learning libraries and sensors deployed on on volunteers’ bicycles to quantify and tell impactful stories about cyclist safety in their city."

Dada Lyndell at RBC became the Young Data Journalist of the Year, she was involved in the story of how HIV takes more lives than car accidents in some areas in Russia:

The investigation of the year award went to Reuter's project about the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico:

You can read more about the projects here:

AI in the newsroom
There were many sessions about AI, and not only for content generation, but also for editorial work-flow, with all the risks (e.g. biased data) and possibilities.

First of all, it should be noted that the term AI is taken to mean everything from text robots doing simple template generated content, to neural networks and various deep learning applications. Unfortunately, at GEN in Athens, “AI” was not always well-defined.

Maybe we don’t always need to use word AI and instead describe what it is about? When The Associated Press, AP, was introducing a new project about detecting events, they never used the word AI, said Lisa Gibbs, director of news partnerships at AP, and added: it’s just another technology.

What can AI do in the newsroom? Here are some suggestions from the sessions: real time transcribe and translate interviews, fact check, assist a journalist during an interview with context and scale up interviews. You can listen to one of the sessions, The Impact of AI on Journalism & Democracy, here:


The New York Times Data Training Program
The New York Times has a three weeks data training program for their reporters to make them love spreadsheets and now they have shared their material with everyone. Find out more here:

Facebooks Graph API
Facebook has updated their Graph Search. This means you can no longer search using the old style of url-hacking ( But people have already found solutions:

This is the last newsletter before vacations and J++ wish you a great summer, we'll be back in August.

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