The COVID-19 pandemic created a limbo in data gathering that has allowed researchers to highlight ambiguities normally glanced over, according to Shannon Mattern’s “How to Map Nothing” article, which was published in the Places Journal March edition.
Mattern, anthropology professor at the New School for Social Research, points to various new visualization and machine-learning tools for “acknowledging and manifesting the gaps” in archivists’ collections.
It was a trip to the University of California, Berkeley, that first got the Norwegian journalist Per Christian Magnus thinking.
During his visit, in 2009, he learned of the Investigative Reporting Program at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, which teaches students muckraking by having them work on, and publish, their own investigations, in association with some of the top media outlets in the U.S.
A review of more than 400 complaints about partying and public health violations, multiple disciplinary actions and partial lockdowns at apartment complexes show the impact of the partying and social gathering was far wider than previously recognized.
While many students obeyed guidelines that included wearing masks and social distancing, a significant number of students held or attended large parties and social gatherings at Greek houses, dorms and apartments.
Students from the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at Arizona State University have analyzed how governments used $4 billion from the Coronavirus Aid Act to combat homelessness in the new series Caring for COVID’s invisible victims.
The project’s website features in-depth stories, portraits, and explainers of how they analyzed the data behind their findings.
Since its launch on October 22, the University of Toronto’s Investigative Journalism Bureau has received a warm welcome from academics and journalists alike, said investigative reporter and educator Robert Cribb, who will be leading the project.
Most of the international students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s 2019-2020 academic year are from countries with lower daily Covid-19 infection rates than the United States, according to a CU-CitizenAccess analysis.
Last spring, 9,824 international students attended the University from more than 100 countries, according to university data.
International students returning to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus this year will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
ByDylan Tiger, Isaiah Baba, Daria Makhneva and Samantha Boyle / Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
As Covid-19 surges again in the U.S., the high percentage of “recovered” cases might be cited as a sign that a vast majority of those infected quickly rid themselves of the virus.
But the “recovered” statistics are incomplete, inconsistent and call into question the accuracy of any total number of recovered cases, according to a review of 50 state public health sites by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.
With the help of two former students, Marcelo Soares has collected data showing that deaths from COVID-19 in Brazil cities are far higher than authorities claim.
“In March, in the early days of the pandemic in Brazil, I was intrigued by the lack of detailed data in the Health ministry,” Soares said. “They only published case counts aggregated by state, with a delay in comparison to what state secretaries published.”