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2019-09-18 | J++ Newsletter #79

Inspiration: Looking for the missing data

One of our pet peeves is that we, as data journalists, spend too much time working on readily available data, and too little time asking ourselves what data is missing. 

The Guardian currently does a wonderful job with this in their series on homeless people dying in the streets, owing much to the the Bureau of Investigative Journalism's year-long investigation into that topic (last year).

A sudden reminder of the importance of all of this came from Australia last month, where the national bureau of statistics seems to have removed data to ‘to help craft a “good media story”’.


The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London, UK, is hiring an “algorithms investigative journalist”.

The School of Journalism at Northeastern University of Boston, US, is hiring an assistant professor in “data journalism and digital storytelling”.

The Mexico Border Investigative Reporting Hub, an ICFJ initiative, is looking for a Spanish speaking data analyst to their office in Washington DC, US.
For our Swedish readers: The deadline for applying for a SJF grant for training and education (SJF:s utbildningsstipendier) is tomorrow (Thursday)! If you are about to submit a last-minute application, we currently have two courses on the menu:


A lovely Twitter thread of micro tools: The tiny tools that make work a little bit easier every day. (Initiated by Lisa Charlotte Rost of DataWrapper.)

Sensor journalism

The Financial Times asked their correspondents to carry air pollution sensors, for this well executed piece:

A cheaper kind of sensor journalism is the one where you use your own web browser to track the trackers. It has been done more than once, but this piece by The New York Times is quite well researched.
(There is obviously some irony to the fact that this article is published on the tracker-heavy
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