Behind technology, war, and traditions

Some of the stories compiled below are older than others, some are investigative, and others showcase data journalism, but the highest standards of journalism unite all of them.

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Zakhar Protsiuk
Zakhar Protsiuk is a journalist and media expert from Ukraine. He works as a Project Lead in startup media consultancy Jnomics. His work is primarily focused on organization structure and…
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The Follower Factory
New York Times
Social media is an indispensable part of our life. Likes, shares, the number of followers influence our perception of ourselves and other people. This investigative story from The New York Times unveils the blanket of the grey market of buying fake followers on Twitter and Facebook. Authors take a deep dive into the topic with detailed graphs and beautiful visualization.
For the last couple of years, I’ve read a lot about Islamic State and the horrors of the war in Syria, but only this story from Outriders about the fight for Mosul made me feel it. The story is combining slides with emotional pictures of the fight and audio narrative.
Machine Bias
We often are inclined to think that technology will bring us only good. But as for any other innovation, there is always a flip side, as this article shows quite clearly. ProPublica team examines the way artificial intelligence assessment of future criminals is biased against black people.
How the Internet talks
This tool from FiveThirtyEight perfectly shows the opportunities which data journalism brings. The team collected every comment of the Reddit website from 2007 to show what people were discussing on the web (mostly in the US) for the last decade. You can track the popularity of different keywords and compare them. Go and search for what is interesting for you!
Banished: Why menstruation can mean exile
Al Jazeera
Chhaupadi is an ancient Nepali tradition which perceives women during menstruation as impure. It prescribes that women shouldn’t participate in a normal regular activity while menstruating. Despite being banned by Nepal authorities, the tradition is still active in some parts of the country. Al Jazeera went to those villages and made a considerable multimedia story which shows the cruelty of Chhaupadi in details. Do spend some time watching interviews with the locals. Their personal experience explains best why this tradition should be eliminated.