Oriente Medio

Spanish journalism and its lack in data analysis: Una rápida introducción a Infogr.am (A quick introduction to Infogr.am)

(POST AVALIABLE IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH)

ENGLISH

If you search in Google Spain “Infogr.am” the first result that appears is ¿Qué es Infogram? (What is Infogr.am?).

The lack in data visualisation and data analysis in my country might be something odd for other journalists, but leading to the difficulties that Spaniards have to accessing to certain type of information (that should be public to everyone) makes understandable that the use of tools like Infogr.am isn’t a common practice.

But thanks to the abilities that I´ve been achieving in my MA in Online journalism at Birmingham City University I´m now able to share some of my knowledge about Infogr.am with all my Spanish followers.

That´s why I´ve decided to create a post in both languages, English and Spanish, to help my compatriots to overpass their lack of language.

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Once that you open Infogr.am you will see that it is such as easy and intuitive website.

So, after creating  your own account (clicking in get started) you will be able to make simple but useful graphs that will help you to illustrate articles, researches, and surveys. 

In the main page, starting from the left, you will see a button that says infographic or report, that shows some good example of graphs that you can copy for your own use.

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Then, if you click on charts and graphs it will provide you with a wide range of design for bar graphs, pie charts… that you experiment with.

For example, if you want to create a a bar graph you will have to click on one of the three examples on the screen. Then, double click on the images and it will open a second screen where you will be able to change all variables necessary to apply  your own data.

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Here you can add as many rows and columns as you desire.

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To conclude, the buttons on the top left of the screen can be used to make visual changes in your graph. From left to right we have  switch rows and columns,  play controls (to make graphs like a video), grid (to include grids), fixed gridvalues (to make visible the values in the graph), show values outside  and legend.

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To be honest there isn’t necessary much more explanation because is really easy to use, and from the beginning  Infogr.am has been my first choice for data visualisation. There are also available other maps and charts with a better design and with the possibility of downloading it, but just available in the premium version. 

However, you can share your graphs simply clicking the share button and selecting one of the many options  in the web, for social media or websites.

If you will like to upload a graph into your personal web you just have to go to embedded and copy the code generated for fixed, and copy that in the HTML version of your [age.

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I hope had help with this few easy steps to all those that seen in data visualisation and analysis a must for journalism.

ESPANOL

Si buscas en Google España “Infogr.am” el primer resultado que aparece es “¿Qué es Infogr.am?”.

El desconocimiento en visualización y analisis de datos en nuestro país puede ser visto como algo peculiar entre otros periodistas, pero el hecho de que los españoles tenemos serias dificultades para acceder a una gran cantidad de información ( que entre otras cosas debería ser pública para todos) hace entendible que herramientas como Infogr.am no supongan una práctica común.

Pero gracias a las habilidades que he estoy adquiriendo durante mi master en Online Journalism soy capaz ahora de compartir mis conocimientos con todos mis seguidores españoles.

Por eso he decidido hacer un post en dos idiomas, Ingles y Espanol, para ayudar a mis compatriotas a superar su handicap con los idiomas. 

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Tras crear tu cuenta podrás realizar simples pero utiles gráficas que te ayudaran a ilustrar mejor cualquier artículo, investigación o analisis. 

En la página principal, una vez que te has registrado pinchando get started en  verás que el primer botón empezando por la izquierda indica infographic or report ( infográfia o reportaje) y muestra algunos ejemplo desarrollados the graficas que puedes copiar para tu propio uso.

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Luego, si vas al siguiente botón que dice charts and graphs ( gráficos) tendrás toda una serie de diferentes diseños the gráficos de barras, tartas, lineales, interactivos que puedes usar para crear tu propia gráfica.

Por ejemplo, si quisieras crear un gráfico de columnas solo tendrías que pulsar uno de los tres ejemplos y se te mostraría en pantalla. Entonces solo tienes que pinchar dos veces sobre la imagen y se abrirá una segunda pantalla con la que será capaz de cambiar todas las variables necesarias para aplicarlo a los datos que tu tienes.

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Puedes crear tantas columnas como quieras ( no se limita a 20 como en la foto) y lo mismo con las variables ( más alla de J).

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Por último, los botones que aparecen en la parte superior izquierda de la pantalla representan cambios visuales que puedes emplear en tu gráfica. De izquierda a derecha tenemos switch rows and collums (para intercambiar filas y columnas), play control     (para creal una gráfica en movimiento), grid (para incluir una rejilla de fondo), values (para dejar fijos los valores de cada columna) y legend (para mostrar o no la leyenda para la gráfica).  

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Realmente no necesita mucha explicación debido a que es muy intuitivo, y desde mis inicios en el mundo de los datos me ha sido de tremenda ayuda. Tambien estan disponibles mapas y gráficos con mejor diseño y con la posivilidad de descargarlos, pero solo aptos para la versión premium.

Sin embargo, puedes compartir tus gráficos simplemente dándole al botón the share y seleccionando las muchas opciones que te facilita, para compartir en redes sociales o en la web.

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Si lo que quieres es añadir to gráfica en tu págica web solo tienes que ir a embed y copiar el códico generado para fixed, y copiarlo en la versión HTML de tu web.

Espero haber ayudado con estos pequenos pasos a todos aquellos que ven en la visualizacion y el analisis de datos una prioridad para el periodismo

 

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Birmingham, UK

Residents observe a rise in racist behaviour after Brexit

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Foreigners residing in Birmingham have revealed an increase in verbal racist attacks since June 21st the UK voted to leave the European Union. [tweet this]

These facts coincide with reports recently published that shows how race and religious hate crimes in Wales and England rose just one month after the referendum.

This information, released by the National Police Chiefs Council, shows an increase of 42% on these incidents in the last year: from 3,886 crimes logged in July 2015 to 5,468 in July this year.

Tussi Alonso, a Spanish student at the University of Birmingham, has been involved in these kinds of attacks.

“The other day I was taking money from a cash machine, and at the same time I was speaking by phone with a Spanish friend. And suddenly two guys behind me start to tell me `move on f***ing Spanish´. I pretended that I didn´t listen and I left. I was scared, I´ve never thought before to move here that people will behave like that”.

Another foreign resident, who has not wanted to reveal identity nor nationality, has admitted how he was public humiliated just one day before the referendum, when he was

Foreigners residing in Birmingham have revealed an increase in verbal racist attacks since June 21st the UK voted to leave the European Union.

These facts coincide with reports recently published that shows how race and religious hate crimes in Wales and England rose just one month after the referendum.

This information, released by the National Police Chiefs Council, shows an increase of 42% on these incidents in the last year: from 3,886 crimes logged in July 2015 to 5,468 in July this year.

Tussi Alonso, a Spanish student at the University of Birmingham, has been involved in these kinds of attacks.

“The other day I was taking money from a cash machine, and at the same time I was speaking by phone with a Spanish friend. And suddenly two guys behind me start to tell me `move on f***ing Spanish´. I pretended that I didn´t listen and I left. I was scared, I´ve never thought before to move here that people will behave like that.

Another foreign resident, who has not wanted to reveal identity nor nationality, has admitted how he was public humiliated just one day before the referendum, when he was working in a well-known clothes shop in the center.

After dealing with the refund of a dissatisfied customer,  her and other customers started to yell him inside the shop repeating “what is wrong with you? Don´t you understand us or what? You are in England, start to speak English properly!”

Other incidents mentioned include being insulted on the street or deny their entrance to a pub or bar after showing where they come from.

Some associations like Stand Up to Racism or Socialist Worker Party” have been protesting against this situation, claiming for political solutions.

A member of the Socialist Worker Party in Birmingham said:

“Tory politics are just creating a wave of racism in all the country and after the Referendum the situation is getting even worse, above all for refugees.”

Birmingham was one of the cities where residents voted to leave with a 50.4%, with the proportion voting to leave being even higher in some of the poorest areas of  the West Midlands, like Dudley, with a 68% .

In the case of suffering or being the witness of a hate attack, West Midlands Police count with an advice center , with all the procedure that you will need to follow if you want to report any of these aggressions.

Birmingham, Life, UK

The vintage clothes event “Weigh & Pay” come back to Birmingham

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Weight and Pay event last year in Birmingham

All bargain lovers are invited another year to the famous Vintage Weigh & Pay event that will take place at of St Martin´s church in the Bull Ring on Saturday 8th October.

This shopping event, where you pay for the weight and not for an item, is the brainchild of two big Sheffield names, Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair and the local  vintage store Mooch Vintage.

The Vintage Weigh & Pay will offer all Brummies extremely cheap vintage clothing from the 1960s to the 1980s at only £15 per kilo ( and you can pay by cash or card). The doors of St Martin will open from 11 am to 5 PM, paying  in the entrance just £1,50. But for those that do not want to miss the chance to take as many clothes as they can there is an early bird entrance at 10 AM for £3 only.

 

Oriente Medio

Convoca: The power of networking and data journalism

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Website of Convoca

A group of reporters, researchers, and data analysts has become a referent in investigative and data journalism in South America developing the team Convoca, revealing scandals and government abuses in a national and international scale, like the well-known Panama Papers.

Their work, since Convoca was founded one year and a half ago in Perú, has been recognised with some important awards like the 2016 Journalistic Excellence Award, granted by the Inter-American Press Association (SIP) and the Data Journalism Awards 2016.

This is even more impressive knowing how low develop is this kind of journalism on this continent, due to, in the words of one of the founders of Convoca, Aramis Castro: ” some people are afraid to throw themselves into polemic topics or related to the government”.

But Convoca is showing how important is investigative journalism for their country and for the rest of the world, helping to launch recently the first Ibero-American Manual of Data Journalism.

Oriente Medio

Amnesty International autunm campaign: the arab spring five years on

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The global non-profit movement Amnesty International (AI) has decided to focus their effort these last months of the year in a campaign to remember the fifth anniversary of one of the most important political and social moments of this century: the Arab Spring.

The protests that started in Tunisia  and spread rapidly to Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya and Syria in 2011 was an event without precedent in the history of these arab countries that helped to restructure some of their government.

But the sad reality is that after this five year the situation in these countries is still between violence and war.

For that reason, AI has seen necessary to remember the need to help to protect their basic rights, with a campaign that, for four months, It will try to pressure the government of this countries to stop attacking civil people or incarcerate someone for express their opinions.

UK

Over 1,000 people concentrated in the heart of Birmingham to protest against Tories politics

 

Birmingham has been the witness of one of the biggest national demonstration in the last period. Many organisations, headed by THE PEOPLES ASSAMBY, were calling yesterday to protest against the government´s policies in front of Birmingham city council in Victoria square, at the same time that it was taking place the Conservative Party Conference 2016 just half mile away from there.

The demonstration started, followed by a strong police presence, at 11.30, where activists, participants, students and members of dozen of groups took part in a massive speech in the middle of the square, focus on the Brexit, education, NHS, cuts, and austerity lead it to their policies and immigration affairs.

This event finished past midday in Millenium Point at Birmingham City University after that all the protesters marched through the city center chanting “TORIES OUT”.

España

Victories and defeats: Pedro Sánchez , Galicia and Basque Country and how to survive to an ungoverned country

Monday september 26th, after 276 days without goverment in Spain the week start with the results of the regional elections in Galicia and Basque Country and a surprising announcement from the leader of the main left party in Spain (PSOE), Pedro Sanchéz.

The elections left a result more than expected in both regions: in Galicia the candidate from the conservative party (Partido Popular) Alberto Núñez Feijóo won again with and absolute mayority and in the Basque Country Iñigo Urkull from the nationalist party PNV place himself in a better position than four years ago, but still he will have to pact with other party if he want to be president again.

Read this article from EL PAIS IN ENGLISH to understand better the importance of this elections

The only surprise of this elections, although for many political analistysts it was not a surprise, was the lost of votes from PSOE.

In each region they have lost four seats in the parlament and in the Basque Country the have been one of the parties less voted, behind the new left party, leaded by the carismatic Pablo Iglesias, PODEMOS.

As way to analyse the reason of these results Pedro Sánchez convened this morning all his team in a Ejecutive Comision of PSOE in their headquarters in Madrid.But what nobody was expected was that will lead to a future deep change for the party: Pedro Sázchez announced a new Federal Congress for the party to choose a new leader next october 23rd (article in spanish).

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Pedro Sánchez visiting Mazarrón, Spain (Movile phone quality)

This decisition just show how the imposivility for the PSOE to form a goverment and do not leave other parties to do it just has increase the internal crisis that started almost one year ago.

Some voices from the party have criticised this desition from Pedro Sáchez, in a period where Spain is still without goverment and if after october nobody is able yo form a goverment we will go for first time in our history to a thirds elections.

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Tweet from @EduMadina (PSOE): “Deep electoral sinking. They have to assume responsabilities and change the dirention of PSOE.A congress now will bring as to new elections”.

But the continuous deterioration of the candidate Sánchez and his negative to accept another goverment by Mariano Rajoy (PP), and with his party colleagues reproaching his attitude, leave in the horizon a likely outlook with a new candidate from PSOE and the shawdow of a new elections in Christmas day.