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2020-02-16 | J++ Newsletter #106
In this week's newsletter we share links on both visualisations and investigations, arguably the two major building blocks of data driven journalism. What would you like to see us highlight next time? Drop us an email at to let us know!


The Data Vis Book Club is exactly what you'd think; A book club for data visualisation literature. It's run by Lisa Rost from DataWrapper, who came up with the idea a couple of years ago. Anyway, after half-a-year of silence, the book club is back with a new book, so if you haven't already, this is a great opportunity to join them!
The next book up is Data Visualization in Society which we hear is very well worth reading, even if producing visualisations is not your day-to-day job.

Speaking of dataviz, here's an interesting Twitter thread by visualisation engineer and designer Frank Elavsky, problematising our one-sided focus on color blindness when discussing design accessibility:

Let's close the dataviz section with another viral tweet: A pie chart of names for pie charts. (Yes, pie charts are generally a terrible idea, but in this case we totally support it.) From Eric Hittinger at the US Rochester Institute of Technology


OpenLux, in case you've missed it, is an initiative by OCCRP, that makes public data from the Luxembourgish company registry searchable. Aside from all the great journalism done on the data, the project also makes a case for the need to not just open access to data, but also make it truly accessible.

The final exams of the gymnasium in Finland (the matriculation examination) is is a huge door opener (or closer) for Finnish students. A good result paves the way for prestige educations. Svenska Yle was able to show that a handful of reviewers of Swedish-speaking students were significantly more austere than reviewers of Finnish-speaking students by analyzing preliminary grading (done in schools) and final grading (done by the reviewers). An important part of their work was filing FOI requests for datasets not usually published. (Swedish)

At J++

A tragic mudslide dominated Norwegian news around the turn of the year.
Thanks to the relatively good availability of open geodata in Norway, we were able to build an embeddable widget for finding out whether your address is on or near a know quick mud area, for use by local newsrooms in affected areas: (Norwegian, paywall)

What's on in Sweden

Job opportunity: Swedish daily Aftonbladet is looking to hire a frontend software engineer with visual storytelling exprerience. (English)

Statistics course: Freelancer in Sweden? Don't miss this two-day course on the basics of statistics. The course is free for members of the Swedish Journalists' Union's freelance section. (Swedish)

Using WikiData or other services of the WikiMedia universe? Or curious about what's in it for you as a data journalist? The Swedish local Wikimedia chapter is organising a workshop on the Wikimedia API's this upcoming weekend. (Swedish)
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