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2020-11-03 | J++ Newsletter #101

Well, election day is dawning in the US, and so unsurprisingly this newsletter will be heavily election-themed.

First, a reminder that a ten percent chance is not zero: FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver has written a prosaic sum-up of the reasons why despite Biden's lead in the polls, Trump can still win.

This table in particular is very interesting. 

ProPublica has analysed the long-term impact of Trump’s judicial appointments, resulting in the best viz we've seen on just how much Trump has changed the American justice system.

And for a more meta take on the election, we enjoyed this step-by-step guide from Tableau, on what data storytellers can take away from this year’s poll trackers.

For something else entirely


If you (like us) need something to take your mind of the US election, may we suggest following something more soothing, like this year’s iteration of the #30DayMapChallenge, which kicked off on Twitter on November 1. Here is founder Topi Tjukanov's take on the first day's challenge, visualising Helsinki's urban trees
Also, the New York Times has tapped into our communal need for stress relief and built an Election Distractor. It’s not strictly speaking data journalism-related. In fact it's not at all data journalism-related. But it is quite hypnotic.

Tools and updates


Datawrapper has introduced new and improved text annotations; among other things, it’s now possible to add them to maps. Datawrapper’s Lisa Charlotte Rost writes all about the announcement here.
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