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2021-05-17 | J++ Newsletter #112

Six Sigma Award nominees to copy and be inspired by

The international Sigma Awards showcases some of the best examples of data journalism from around the world. Award-winning projects are often stunning and inspirational, but also out of reach for most newsrooms in terms of scope and complexity. 
In this newsletter we highlight six nominees that we hope can provide some realistic inspiration.


Not Just Statistics, But Human Lives

Stand News, Hong Kong

Hong Kong based Stand News does a simple, yet powerful presentation of the human lives behind the covid statistics. A reminder that just a sentence or two can give life to a row in an Excel sheet. 

https://sigmaawards.org/not-just-statistics-but-human-lives-a-remembrance-of-hong-kong-covid-victims/ 

Judge who Judges

KRIK, Serbia

Data journalism does not have to build on big data. Serbian KRIK has made an impactful database starting from just 33 rows with the profiles of high-ranked judges. KRIK collected data on all judges’ career and promotions, reported and undeclared property, professional engagements out of court and compromising business alliances.

A school book example of a journalistic database and the value of structured research.  

https://sigmaawards.org/database-judge-who-judges-prosudi-ko-sudi/ 

The visible virus : COVID-19 Disinformation

READr, Taiwan

Here is an interesting example of “journalism on top of journalism”. Taiwanese READr gathered data from The International Fact-Checking Network to paint a picture of what kind of misinformation has flourished during the pandemic. 

https://sigmaawards.org/the-visible-virus-covid-19-disinformaiton/ 

Why women stopped giving birth on weekends or holidays in Spain

elDiario.es, Spain

The simple questions are often the best ones: what weekdays are babies born? Spanish elDiario was able to show that it is not as random as you might think.

https://sigmaawards.org/why-women-stopped-giving-birth-on-weekends-or-holidays-in-spain/

 

Where are the 2015 asylum seekers now?

Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

Another story that starts from a very simple question: what happened to the 32 477 refugees that sought asylum in Finland back in 2015? 

https://sigmaawards.org/where-are-the-2015-asylum-seekers-now/ 



New Climate Maps Show a Transformed United States

ProPublica, The New York Times, United States

Climate stories are surprisingly absent among the shortlisted, but this piece from Pro Publica and New York Times does a good job at showing how the climate is expected to change in America in the years to come. 

Clara Guibourg from J++/Newsworthy wrote a blog post (in Swedish) about how to do similar analysis on Swedish data.

https://sigmaawards.org/new-climate-maps-show-a-transformed-united-states/ 
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