By Roselyn Du
Over the entrance to the Los Angeles Times headquarters hangs a banner with the newspaper’s promise to the world: REAL JOURNALISM, REAL IMPACT. When I visited in April 2018, the paper was still quietly situated in its historic downtown Los Angeles headquarters, right next to the City Hall and the Grand Park. Three months later, the paper moved out of its historic downtown building to a facility near Los Angeles International Airport, bringing itself closer to the rest of the nation in the latest episode in a series of ownership changes that have been going on for decades. I went there in search of a pair of data journalists, Doug Smith and Ben Welsh, who relayed to me a remarkable story of the evolution of data journalism in recent decades.
Continue reading ““Whoah, wait a minute, every reporter needs to be a data reporter”: Conversations with two generations of data journalists at the Los Angeles Times”
Producer/Editor: Roselyn Du
Project Assistant: Zoe Hu
(Aaron Mendelson at his KPCC desk in Pasadena, California. He was interviewed by Roselyn Du of Hong Kong Baptist University in February 2019 for his data journalism works.)
Aaron Mendelson can usually be found working on one radio broadcast or another in his office at Pasadena, California. Where most journalists work with verbal content, Mendelson also concerns himself with data analysis. He is thankful to his master’s degree from UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He said the data skills that he is now using at work for Southern California Public Radio’s data journalism and interactive projects are mostly learnt from there. Continue reading “Aaron Mendelson: Would numbers work with radio?”
By Jay Raju Ganglani, Mathew Wong, Akane Nakasuji
It’s no secret that the environment and pollution are two of the most important, but neglected areas of Hong Kong’s society today.
Continue reading “Hong Kong’s Open Secret”
I am looking for a Project Assistant (PA) starting January 2019 to assist in a data journalism project at HKBU. The PA is required to have a strong sense of responsibility and be passionate about data journalism. Good work ethics and learning ability, proficiency in both Chinese and English writing, aptitude in time management, and attention to details are expected. No one is perfect, and everyone makes mistakes, but I do mind whether you bring your heart to work. The appointment can be full-time or half-time, depending on your availability. Initial appointment will be made for six months and is renewable subject to funding availability. Both undergraduate and graduate students will be considered. Please send CV to email@example.com with the subject line as “PA Application” and include a brief statement of interest of up to 300 words. If you are interested but not available, please help spread the words to your friends.
Time: Oct. 12, 2018 (Fri.), 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Venue: CVA 506, HKBU
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Digital News and Interactive Reporting Projects from
Time: 12/4/2018 (Thur), 2:45-3:45pm
Venue: CVA203, HKBU
Speakers: 陳貞樺（Mimi CHEN) & 黃禹禛 (Yu Chen HUANG)
Language: Mandarin | 國語
Welcome to join us!
Continue reading “Data & News Salon #1 | Digital News and Interactive Reporting Projects from Taiwan Reporter”
The hope for pro-democracy camp to regain its veto power in the legislature vanished as Edward Yiu Chung Yim failed to beat his rival Vincent Cheng Wing-shun in last week’s by-election.
Legislative By-election 2018 was held on 11 March for four vacant seats in the council, following after the oath-taking saga which disqualified six councilors. New legislators were elected from three regions – New Territories East, Kowloon West, and Hong Kong Island, as well as Architectural, Surveying, Planning and Landscape functional constituency.
Election is all about numbers – voter turnout rate, numbers of votes, and percentage of voters supporting candidate A or B, making it a golden opportunity for data visualization. In this article, we select three local news media, which are Initium, SCMP, and HK01, to discuss their different coverages on the by-election.
Continue reading “Data News of the Week: Hong Kong Legislative By-Election 2018”
If you are a woman who is walking down the street alone in the late night, and accidentally you meet a group of guys hanging out with nowhere to go, what would happen when you pass them?
It may be the words “hey, beauty” or “hey, sexy girl,” or being instructed to smile. Or maybe more intentional: standing in the way or blocking the path in hope of some interaction. Or perhaps may get more aggressive, with hands reaching to inappropriate places. Actually, this kind of situation is far and wide, with one end harboring the potential for things to become more violent with physical abuse or rape. In Canada, the United States and The United Kingdom, women being sexually assaulted has become a serious problem. However, there is still a loophole after asking the police for help – Will the police believe you?
A 20-month investigation by The Globe and Mail reveals that sexual-assault victims are more likely to be believed in some areas of the country than in others. Continue reading “Data News of the Week: Sexual Assault Around The World”
The School of Communication and the Department of Journalism of HKBU will organize a University-wide “HKBU Data-driven Storytelling Competition 2018.” All full-time HKBU students (undergraduate, postgraduate, research degree students) are welcomed!
The online registration deadline is: 18 Mar 2018.
The briefing session will hold at WLB 208 at 18:30, 22 March. During the briefing session, the topic for competition will be announced on-site. Participants will form groups on-site and kick off the project. Participants can work on their projects anywhere within a 72-hour time frame, and submit their work online on 25 March 2018, pm 18:59.
Award: Champion ( 1 team, HKD 3,000); Honourable mentions ( 3 teams, HKD1,000 for each)
For details and online registration, please visit: http://datastory2018.dnnsociety.org.
Nathan Ruser, a 20-year-old Australian National University student who is majoring in international security with a keen interest in cartography, discovered a fitness app had revealed the locations of secret military sites in Syria and elsewhere. He posted on Twitter about this, did not expect much response.
But the news ricocheted across the internet. Security experts said the Strave app’s “heat map” could be used by hostile entities glean valuable intelligence. The Pentagon said it was reviewing the situation.
How he found the news?
“Whoever thought that operational security could be wrecked by a Fitbit?” Mr. Ruser, said in an interview with New York Times from Thailand, where he is spending part of the Australian summer break.
When he looked over Syria on Strava’s map — which is based on location data from millions of users, including military personnel, who share their exercise activity — the area “lit up with those U.S. bases,” he said.
Before publicly sharing his findings over the weekend, he discussed them in a private chat group on Twitter, made up of people interested in intelligence and security issues. “I know about two-thirds of what I know about the world from the group chats,” he said.
Continue reading “Data News of the Week | What can we, the 20-year-old, do to change the world?”