Author: Bobo Wei

I am a Data News Project Assistant at Hong Kong Baptist University.Graduated from Business and Financial Journalism(M.A.). As a Journalist, I like to record what happened with words and photos. I always believe that if everyone be kind to one and other that will make the world better. Moreover I believe that every person has their own story which most people don’t really understand. So if you want to share your life I am willing to listen your own story.

農曆新年學習資料大禮包!Data Journalism Learning Tools

農曆新年伊始,小編在此給各位愛學習的小夥伴推薦一些學習Data Journalism有用的線上課程,資料和工具。希望新的一年,大家學業進步!順順利利!(原文部分轉載自, 有部分編輯, 點擊查看更多: 學習資料清單)

  • 系列課程:從查找資料開始、學習解讀資料的意義、資料視覺化到用資料說故事。

1.Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools(課程在LEARNO.NET平台開放,一共5節,直接註冊,免費學習)

2.Data Exploration and Storytelling(數據大師Alberto Cairo & Heather Krause開設)

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Mario Game Workshop on Feb. 3rd, 2018

Event information

  • Date: February 3rd, 2018 (Saturday)
  • Time: 09:30 – 12:30
  • Venue: FSC901CD, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong [Map]

Mobile games are fun to play and also fun to build. You will experience building a mobile game in this workshop using Corona SDK. Corona SDK is an easy-to-learn Software Development Kit for building cross-platform games.

No programming background required.

Register here: [Mario Game Workshop]


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Data News of the Week | US Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. How does it matter to the companies and citizens?

Tax is one of the crucial parts of the country’s economic. Under the globalization, US tax policy might relevant to your life. The economic trends could affect you and the steps you might need to take so you can profit from it. Moreover, there are lots of data in the tax policies which could turn into some good data news. This week we will share some Trump’s new GOP tax cut plan data news.

What is the Tax Cuts about?

Trump’s Tax Plan and How It Affects You [Link]

The whole tax bill cuts the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% and the top individual tax rate will drop to 37%, which used to be 39.6% in 2017.

The following chart shows the progressive tax rate before and after the bill, in one Table. We find that table is an effective way to display data with high density. It seems the tax will be deducted for everyone except for the lowest income bracket.


Read more: Corporate Income Tax: Definition, History, Effective Rate

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Public Sharing: What can non-coders achieve in 3 months?

Title: What can non-coders achieve in 3 months? – A sharing of three journalism students from JOUR2106 Course.

Time: Nov 29 (Wed) ,3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Venue: CVA 1024


Some students are curious about the outcome of JOUR2106 Data Visualization for News. Since there is a lot of interest, we will hold a DNN event and invite three students who took JOUR2106 last year to introduce their projects and share a personal experience. Registration: No need for sign-up in prior.

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Data News of the Week | Paradise Papers

Do you still remember the massive Panama Paper leak in 2016? When 13.4 million financial documents were released in this November, the offshore paradise islands got global attention again. Paradise Papers cover the time period from 1950 to 2016, including the more than 120,000 people and 25,000 offshore companies.

Tech-savvy readers can jump to the database directly. Like before, the dataset is modelled as a graph, namely treating the Officers, Intermediaries and Addresses as nodes and their relationships as links. Neo4j is one widely adopted graph database. Its web user interface, called “neo4j browser”, allows journalists to visually expand and explore a graph. The query language “Cypher” is a superset of relational query (SQL), full-text search and graph pattern matching. Its flexibility and built-in graph algorithms allow experienced journalists to systematically study the underlying graph. The download page on ICIJ includes snapshots of four neo4j databases exported in CSV format.

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Data News of the Week | North Korea Tensions

“North Korea” or “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)” are recurrent and frequent headlines in the newspapers. The recent advances in missile technology and nuclear tests threatens the world and creates a lot of geopolitical tensions. Our editor would like to share relevant data projects this week.

The “wholesale” packages

Assuming you are too busy to study all the background information and catch up the latest news, here are two must-read projects that get you up to date in 30 minutes.

☞ Immersive reporting from ESRI StoryMaps: side by side comparison of two Koreas in multiple angles [Link]

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Recap of Oct 2017 Data Journalism Bootcamp in HKBU

The 2-day Data Journalism Boot Camp was successfully held in HKBU on Oct 26 and Oct 27. The event was sponsored by KAS and the workshop sessions were led by two experienced trainers from DataLEADS. Another highlight of the event was a roundtable discussion chaired by Prof. Ying Chen, where professionals shared their practices, challenges and solutions in the newsrooms.

Data Bootcamp in Oct 2017

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本文介紹最簡單的爬蟲,只需要一行命令: wget -r

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Data Journalism Open Lecture on November 11.

Shan HE, Project director of Greenovation Hub, Public Lab Organizer, member of Guangzhou International Dragon Boat team. Living in Changzhou island in Guangzhou, is coming to Hong Kong Baptist University on 11 November to talk about Environment Issue, Open Technology and Data Visualisation.

When: 11:30 AM-12:10 PM, Nov. 11, 2017 (Saturday).

Where: Room 703, 7/F, Communication and Visual Arts Building, Hong Kong Baptist University.

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