Month: December 2016

Data News of the Week | Fake News

After the US presidential election the argue about the fake news getting more and more attention. Media blitz portraying fake news sites as having a real impact in national politics — and even capable of affecting the outcome of a presidential election. Are Fake news sites struggle to reach any sort of real audience?

Let us see more:

  1. This Analysis Shows How Fake Election News Stories Outperformed Real News On Facebook

(This is a repost from BuzzFeed News, click the link to read the original:

A BuzzFeed News analysis found that top fake election news stories generated more total engagement on Facebook than top election stories from 19 major news outlets combined.


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Prof. Rick Dunham Joins D&N Society Colloquium at Hong Kong Baptist University

More often than not, seasoned journalists are reluctant to embrace new media technologies and big data. It is definitely not the case of Professor Rick Dunham, Director of China Programs and Co-Director of Global Business Journalism Program at Tsinghua University. Prof. Dunham was the speaker of this year’s final D&N Society Colloquium, hosted by the School of Communication of Hong Kong Baptist University on December 16th.

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How does the England National Team fail to impress?

By Morris Chan

With one of the biggest leagues in the world, and the outstanding youth system that produced the likes of David Beckham and Michael Owen, how do the Three Lions manage to flunk every international tournament? We try to break the story down statistically and look at it in a more scientific way.

In the recent 2016 summer transfer window, the 20 Premier League clubs managed to spend over 1.4 billion Euros on new players, and each club averaged 70 million of investment in one single transfer window. With this absurd amount of spending, England manages to place third in the current UEFA coefficient ranking, securing 4 spots for the European Championship League. Sitting on the top of the table is Spain, and the 20 clubs that currently play in the top flight league of Spain only spend around 500 million Euros in the last transfer window. So we have the investment, and we also have a solid top flight league with high level of competition – then where is the missing piece of the recipe?

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D&N Society Season 2.3 Colloquium: Storytelling with Data.

For Season 2.3 Colloquium, we are so delighted to have Prof. Rick Dunham, visiting professor of Tsinghua University and Co-director of the Global
Business Journalism Program, to talk about Storytelling with Data:
How to do it and who does it best:

When: 10:30 AM-1:30 PM, Dec. 16, 2016 (Friday)

Where: CVA 516, HKBU

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Buying a House in Hong Kong — Mission Impossible?

Reported by Charlotte Lam, Ruby Sin and Suki Sin

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According to Demographia in 2015, Hong Kong has ranked as the least affordable city to buy a home globally, the average property price is 19 times of the median household income. Flats in Hong Kong are defined as “severely unaffordable”.

Let’s go deep into the data story and see how insane the Hong Kong property market is. 

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Despite conditions, a strong demand for residential care homes

By Mimmy Chow, Emily Wong and Sing Chak Lee


(Click to see how the issues are uncovered by a disputed court case.)

A court case which caused outrage in the city reveals severe problems in the welfare of citizens residing in care homes.

In spite of issues including lack of staff and care, bad hygiene, high charges and even fatal accidents, relatives of the residents say they are unable to leave. Why do these happen?

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The International Fur Trade: Data and Measurements

By Alvin Kor, Natalie Wong & Rainie Lam

The current situation and development of the fur trade



Fur is probably one the most commonly used farbics in fashion: more than 50 million animals are killed for use in fashion every year. The origin of fur trade was established in the early modern period. It was stimulated in Siberia, North America and South Shetland. Until now, even though animal rights organizations oppose the fur trade, the international fur trade profits are still increasing every year. Furthermore, there is recent news about popular rabbit charms made of real rabbit fur. The way animals are farmed for fur is problematic and the general public is not aware.  

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Surge in China’s Maternal Mortality Rate Spurs Questions

By Sharon Shi, Janet Sun & Kiko Lee

The number of mothers who died due to complications linked with pregnancy or childbirth shows a marked drop for the past decades.

But half year since the end of the one-child policy on January 1, 2016, the maternal mortality rate increased drastically by 30.6 per cent in mainland China compared with the same period in 2015, according to a Chinese government official.

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At a glance: Hong Kong poverty situation

BY Ann Li, Theresa Yan, Nancy Ping 

Choi is a 56 years old mother of two. Although she worked industriously for decades, she still felt difficult to maintain her family. “There is no employment protection for cleaning workers”, said Choi.

Choi was hired by a cleaning company as an outsourced worker, working more than 10 hours a day. Though she worked hard every day while suffered from serious health condition, she earned about HK$5,000 per month, which is under the poverty line set by the Hong Kong government. Because of the heavy workload, she also suffered from the pains of the stiffened knees. However, she still needed to face the situation where the employer deducted her holidays and salaries, she felt anxious to her life.

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How has Hong Kong been developing its electric vehicles trend?

By Nicole Kwok, Daisy Lee, Jianne Soriano

The number of EV in Hong Kong has seen a steady increase as well as its promotion in the city. EV now account for about 3 per cent of new vehicle registrations in Hong Kong, a higher percentage than many other developed automobile markets.

Hong Kong is also the first city in Asia to test new-generation EV after Japan and to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to test a new type of electric car, according to the Environment Bureau. The HKSAR government has set-up measures (including the installation of EV chargers, registration tax waiver) to promote the use of EV as well.

So how has the city’s EV trend been developed into now?

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