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2019-11-07 | J++ Newsletter #81

Inspiration and introductions

Looking for inspiration for geojournalism? The #30DayMapChallenge Twitter challenge (initated by Topi Tjukanov) has a lot of nice storytelling with maps going on, and many of them don't even require any special GIS skills!
https://twitter.com/hashtag/30DayMapChallenge

The Data Is Beautiful Youtube series with animated bar charts is dead simple, yet mesmerizing. Their latest one, on music charts, had our attention for the full 10 minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3w8I8boc_I
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkWbqlDAyJh2n8DN5X6NZyg/videos

This Bellingcat walk-though of a recently leaked white supremacist message board database is a nice tutorial in how to handle this kind of data, and the small size of the database and pre-pepared CSV files makes them easy to browse for interesting email addresses or IP ranges, even if you haven't worked on this kind of data before. 
https://www.bellingcat.com/resources/how-tos/2019/11/06/massive-white-supremacist-message-board-leak-how-to-access-and-interpret-the-data/

Tools for nerds

The brilliant people of Openpolis have started collecting EU infringement procedure data in to easily consumed spreadsheets. This is a much more exciting dataset than it sounds!
https://www.europeandatajournalism.eu/eng/Tools-for-journalists/InfringEye

Python 3.8 was just released. As we use Python a lot for web scraping, we are especially excited about the new := operator, which will make looping over paginated sites with a while loop so much more straight-forward:

scraper = MyScraper(url)
while content := scraper.get_next_page():
    # do something with content

https://docs.python.org/3/whatsnew/3.8.html

How high is that ski-slope? The latest QGIS release (3.10) allows you to measure distances, taking height into consideration (if you have 3d data, that is). There are also other 3d related improvements, such as a “Climb Along Line” algorithm, as well as improved support for vectorized export formats.
http://changelog.qgis.org/en/qgis/version/3.10/

Opportunities

Reveal, an online magazine from the Center for Investigative Reporting is hiring a data reporter, a data editor and a “Chief Development Officer” for their office in Emeryville, California, US.
https://www.revealnews.org/job-opportunities

Investigate Europe is looking for an assistant editor (freelance), somewhere in Europe.
https://www.investigate-europe.eu/assistant-editor/

If administration does not scare you, there is EU funding to apply for, for “information measures relating to the EU Cohesion policy” that might be applicable to a journalistic project.
https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/newsroom/funding-opportunities/calls-for-proposal

For Swedish journalists: The Publicistklubben grants' application is now open! (Why not convince a colleague to apply for a grant to join our two-day introductory course in data-driven journalism in March?)
http://www.publicistklubben.se/kontakta-oss/stipendier/info-om-stipendierna/

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