Data journalism: best examples

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Data becomes more and more accessible with hardware being able to process vast amounts of data, and with an increasing number of archives being digitized all over the globe. Even though data journalism has always been around, there’s a huge increase in data-based articles in the past eight to ten years.

Here’s a list of most interesting usage of data journalism in the media or online:

https://www.propublica.org/special/message-machine-you-probably-dont-know-janet

“You probably don’t know Janet”

Email messages from the Obama campaign asking for donations. What’s really interesting about it is how collected data results in different wording of each email. This is not only a fun piece of trivia, but a very useful insight into the works of best digital marketers in the world.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/interactive/2013/nov/01/snowden-nsa-files-surveillance-revelations-decoded#section/1

NSA files decoded — The Guardian

One of the best known data journalism pieces in this decade. We all know about Edward Snowden and huge leak he made possible, but someone had to analyze the data and make it easier to read and understand — and The Guardian decided to step up to the task. Beautifully designed, interactive website dedicated to the NSA files, with interviews, samples and predictions. Truly the finest example of data journalism.

https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/voterfraud

Voter fraud

And interactive guide to voter fraud and specific cases. Done to provide a contra to Donald Trump’s claim that the vote has been “rigged” (a claim he later contradicted since the elections played out in his favour).

http://hint.fm/wind/

US wind map

Data and design meet on this simple website dedicated to show live-map of wind conditions in the US. Updated constantly, the map lets you see the exact speed and direction of wind in any place in North America.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/graphics/2008_pew_religion/flash.htm

Religious beliefs in the US

The most interesting usage of data I could find, providing a base for an in-depth analysis of the most popular religions in the modern world and the disparity between them. Contained in an easy to use flash website.

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