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2019-11-19 | J++ Newsletter #82

Inspiration

The winners of the 2019 NODA Awards have been announced! Finnish broadcaster YLE won the applications category for their news app showing life below the poverty line. Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet’s investigation of MP expenses won the investigative category and Norwegian Aftenposten’s series on child abusers won the features category.

What’s the best way to visualise rising temperatures? Greg Fiske’s distended globe showing the disproportionate heating occurring in the Arctic is a creative take on the topic. It’s part of the #30DayMapChallenge Twitter challenge, which is continuing to be a nice source of inspiration for mapmakers out there. https://twitter.com/g_fiske/status/1193980154927861760 
CityLab have looked at the growing urban-rural political divide in the United States. As well as being an interesting read, this piece is a good example of graphics successfully explaining a complicated analysis in a really simple way:
https://www.citylab.com/equity/2019/11/election-results-surburban-voters-rural-urban-density-index/601585/
For Swedish journalists: Last month we held a course on geo-data research. Now one of the participants, Hem och Hyra’s Aron Andersson, has used the learnings to produce this investigation of where most bike thefts occur: https://www.hemhyra.se/nyheter/kartan-visar-har-ska-du-inte-parkera-din-cykel/ (article in Swedish)
 

Interviews and guidelines

“The most important piece of technology on my desk is my landline telephone.” This interesting interview with New York Times data reporter Ben Casselman addresses an eternal debate: what even is data journalism? https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/technology/personaltech/data-journalism-economics.html

How should election polls be reported on? British press regulator IMPRESS has released some timely guidance, as the UK prepares to go to the polls (again) in December, providing reporters with a roadmap to responsible reporting on polling data. 
https://www.impress.press/downloads/file/mrs-impress-guidance.pdf

Another timely guideline update comes from Finland: The Finnish Council for Mass Media provides ethical guidelines for journalists. These have now been updated to include guidelines on the use of editorial automation, or robots in journalism. TL;DR: Be transparent! http://www.jsn.fi/sv/lausumat/uttalande-om-oppenhet-kring-nyhetsautomation-och-personanpassning-2019/ (article in Swedish)

...which is also in line with this report from London School of Economics on journalism and artificial intelligence calling for more profound AI strategies in news rooms. The report is based on a global survey and gives a good overview of the field. https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/polis/2019/11/18/new-powers-new-responsibilities/
 

Jobs, jobs, jobs (and one contest!)

The Financial Times is looking for a UX/dataviz journalist to join their New York, US, newsroom ahead of next year’s US election: https://twitter.com/ftdata/status/1196413191712124928 

If you’re a student or just starting out, you may be interested in this summer 2020 AP internship, which is based in Washington, DC in the US: https://careers.ap.org/job/Data-Journalist-Intern-2020-DC/607941900/

And if you are (or would like to be) a data journalist based in London, UK, there have been a whole slew of data jobs listed recently, at the... Finally, it’s your last chance to get an application in for the Pudding Cup 2019! The Pudding’s third annual contest to find the best visual and data-driven stories of the year has a deadline of 22 November: https://pudding.cool/process/pudding-cup-2019/
 
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