How we used R to raise alarms about femicides in Colombia

January 28, 2018

Rosa Elvira, 35, was found at around 5am after she called the emergency line in a park at the heart of Bogota, Colombia. She was still alive when she was taken at around 7am to the hospital. She was raped, stabbed, strangled, and her guts were destroyed by branches that were forced through her vagina and anus. Because of this horrific episode that we now have a law of femicides in Colombia. We wanted to make a tribute.

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8 bit statistics

July 07, 2017

Innovative Data Visualization

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A new Data Journalism Handbook will be published in 2018!

June 27, 2017

The European Journalism Centre and the Google News Lab have decided to relaunch and update the Data Journalism Handbook, published in 2011. Calls for collaborations are opened!

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NewsLab launches courses you can make if you don't have time at all

June 25, 2017

The relationship between time and journalism is a complicated one. If the journalists need time to deepen their digital skills for reporting, it might seem like an impossible affair.

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These are the winners of the #dja2017

June 19, 2017

These are the first international awards recognizing outstanding work in the field of data journalism worldwide and were given during the DJA Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner at Hofburg Palace in Vienna.

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This is the #ddj dictionary you've been looking for

May 09, 2017

Navigating the field of data journalism might be hard for those who are just entering the hard relationship between data, storytelling and programming.


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Colombia falls 8 places in GODI

May 02, 2017

In 2016, Colombia ranks #12 out of 122 countries with a score of 62%. However, by 2015, the country was ranked #4 above Finland, Australia and Uruguay.

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Three minute talk with data journalist Jacopo Ottaviani

February 26, 2017

Jacopo Ottaviani is an Italian journalist who focuses on data-driven research and cross-border storytelling. His works have been published in international media such as The Guardian, Al Jazeera International, and Foreign Policy. You can follow him on Twitter.

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The creator of Gapminder has died from pancreatic cancer

February 02, 2017

Hans Rosling, professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and founder of the Gapminder Foundation, died this Tuesday.

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App Fail - Terms and Conditions revealed

June 06, 2016

What would happen if you saw someone in the streets selling your daughter's pictures?


Some reactions to this question were recorded in Norway. Between bewilderment and nervous laughter bystanders saw in real life what is going on in their digital world: apps sell and misuse their users data.

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Taxpayer-funded inaccuracies: another data story

June 03, 2016

Bad design decisions may cause confusion or even mislead. This is another example of a bad color scale selection that leads to false conclusions when interpreting information on a choropleth map.


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How we did data visualizations before computers

May 18, 2016


In pre-computer times you could not simply input an array of variables and wait for the magic to happen on a screen. Alternative methods were used to store and put information in context so one could visually retrieve it. Here are some amazing examples of physical visualizations and why we should thank those patient visualizers.

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Santiago Ortiz, combining mathematical and artistic patterns

April 14, 2016

In the world of visualization there are many different faces: developers, inventors, mathematicians, designers. Santiago Ortiz is probably one of those characters that represents all and none of those at the same time.


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How was the transnational Panama Papers investigation done?

April 13, 2016

The data shows that Mossack Fonseca worked with over 14,000 banks, firms, companies, foundations, funds or clients to create offshore entities. ICIJ used the country categorization contained in the leaked internal client database to describe how many intermediaries in each country existed.

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Data is always human: European Data Journalists present the first #ddj manifest

April 12, 2016

"Data journalism allows measuring reality and transmit the results the public opinion through the production of stories and investigations"

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Last chance to submit your proposal to the Data Journalism Awards

April 12, 2016

This year comes the Data Journalism Awards  (DJA). These are the awards that for 5 years the organization Global Editors Network have been promoting. These awards have served as a reference and platform to highlight new data journalism projects with a focusing on data processing and structuring.

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Scrapping for dummies? Spiranca comes to the rescue

February 28, 2016

After Kimono’s death, many developers and data journalist cried their eyes out. Losing such a good scraping tool made it hard for all of us who use data as our daily input. Luckily, developer Kevin Çobanaj decided to follow Kimono’s steps and will launch Spiranca, a new app that will allow anyone to easily crawl websites and turn them into structured API’s.

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