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2020-01-21 | J++ Newsletter #85

Twitter era storytelling

A new species of data viz has slowly and silently emerged, and before we knew it, it is everywhere: The emoji based Twitter chart. Here an example that's so clever we just wish we had done it ourselves, by filmmaker Elena Rossini:

And speaking of storytelling on Twitter, here's ProPublica doing a Twitter thread with different routes for different asides, a bit like the choose your own adventure “gamebooks” of the 1980's:

Opportunities and events

It didn't take long for the Data Journalism Awards to be reborn after the Global Editors Network closed down. The successor is called Sigma Awards, and the deadline for this year's application is February 3.
Application form:
Some background on the new prize:

Tonight (January 21) is the deadline for applying for Open News grants for visiting conferences or other events in the first half of 2020. Apply here:

In case you don't know what to apply for; here are some events to look forward to this spring. Mark your calendar! What have we missed? Let us know at
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