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Fair Warning - Dry January, paths to power, and tile maps

Hello! First, an apology for the last issue. Links from the Washington Post are not playing nicely wi
Fair Warning
Fair Warning - Dry January, paths to power, and tile maps
By Sophie Warnes • Issue #69 • View online
Hello! First, an apology for the last issue. Links from the Washington Post are not playing nicely with Revue at the moment, and it messed up the formatting, meaning there was a random extra link at the end. Boo!
This week I was interviewed by Michael about data visualisation and data storytelling. I talk about Fair Warning, my thinking behind a couple of visualisations and projects I’ve worked on, and what I’m wanting to do next. Read it here.

On the home front
Britons mainly honour Dry January in the breach
Over the pond
Paths to Power: How Every Member Got to Congress
I’m struggling to add Washington Post links in the way I add others, so I’ll add them as in-line links… Trump’s changing vision of the wall is a nicely illustrated look at the different promises Trump has made about the wall over the years. (H/T In Other News)
Another WaPo piece… 56 people have been shot and killed by the police in 2019 so far. What a horrific statistic.
Odds and ends
Do tile maps need to have regular shapes?
Meta-data
How the BBC Visual and Data Journalism team works with graphics in R
Doing journalism better
This is a new section that likely won’t be in every issue, but these next pieces are more generally about journalism as an industry…
Beyond 800 words: What user testing taught me about writing news for young people
Bad chart of the week
I was going to write about a bad chart I’ve recently seen (the one that occasionally comes back round every now and then - GDP per capita since 1000AD, as ‘proof’ of capitalism being inherently good). I ended up writing too much to fit in here so I posted it to Medium.
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A weekly newsletter with anywhere between 10 and 20 links about data journalism, data visualisation, and storytelling, curated by a British data journalist and nerd. Expect politics, statistics, society and culture - all through the frame of data... With a dash of whimsy.

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