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2020-02-03 | J++ Newsletter #86

Investigate possible airstrikes in Afghanistan

Bellingcat and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism are asking for help to investigate potential airstrikes that might have killed civilians in Afghanistan. Read about how you can contribute here.

On the topic of doing OSINT, this Twitter thread, covering a much less important matter, is a good place to get some inspiration. Here we get to follow Ryan Clark, as finds the location of a photo, on his phone, while walking his dog.

Challenge AIs with manipulated data

A project by Simon Weckert, an artist based in Berlin, is making the rounds online. Weckert decided to  “hack” Google Maps by transporting 99 second hand smartphones in a handcart, thus generating a “virtual traffic jam in Google Maps”.

The Google Maps project made us think about James Bridle and the trapping of a self-driving car. Now – these are examples of art and not science. But maybe there is some inspiration to be found here, for journalists looking to investigate commercial and state algorithms?

J++ news


We're working with Dagens Samhälle

Beginning in November last year, we've been spending at least one day a week at the newspaper Dagens Samhälle. For those of you who don't know, DS is the primary source for news relating to the public sector in Sweden. Anyway. Here are some of the stories we've been involved with: (some of these are behind a paywall, if you want to read the stories and don't have an account, you can register for a trial period or send us an e-mail and we'll share them with you!) * For stories on fertility rates across Europe see Newsworthy's reporting within the European Data Journalism Network.

Project: Don't Miss the Train

We've lead an EDJNet research project, colleting data on train journeys and train stations across Europe. You can read our main article and access data here. The short version: European railways have great potential, but rural areas are (perhaps unsurprisingly) being forgotten.

New office

What we get to look at when we're working

J++ Stockholm has moved! You can now find us at Hammarby Kaj 10D (still in Stockholm!). The best things about our new office are: the view, and the fact that we can organise our courses in the building. In January we had no less than 9 journalists visiting us to participate in our Python course.

We're now planning a set of new courses for the autumn. Let us know at if you have any ideas. Here is what we have on the agenda so far (Swedish):

Jobs and opportunities

Also – don't forget to submit your best projects to Sigma Awards (previously Data Journalism Awards). Deadline is today!
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