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by Waliyah Sahqani - Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 5:08 AM
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1. The Shadow of China - Minos-Athanasios Karyotakis

The U. S. subprime mortgage crisis of 2008 provoked a global discussion in academic and regulatory circles about the so-called “shadow banking”, the regulators of financial systems and the rapid financial liberalization and deregulation. The very rapid economic growth of China caught by surprise the global community and researchers are wondering if the U.S. crisis of 2008, that shook the world, could be occurred again due to the lack of transparency in much off balance sheet or non-bank activity that characterizes China's system. So, let’s take a deeper look into China's shadow banking.

2. Top 5 Foreign Tourist by Nationality of Indonesia's Tourism in Feb 2016 & Review - Okta Liem

Indonesia has numerous beautiful islands. We have around 17.508 islands and 8 UNESCO nominated world heritage. In addition, tourism has been one of the most important contributor to boost economy. In the other side, global financial crisis is still looking for a point of equilibrium. How they impact on Indonesia tourism ? Trying to answer this question by taking sample in February 2016 and taking 5 Nationality of the most contribute for Indonesia Tourism. The result that they are come from Asia Pacific and they contribute about 50% of tourism revenue. Even more, the number of visitors around the world is increasing to visit Indonesia.

3. European Union in Panama Papers - Mona Elmaraghy

My story is about the most countries which have mentioned people in panama papers. So, I divided the countries according to their continents. I found that the most of issued people are located in the European Union countries. So, I decided make deep search to know why? My data sources are the international newspaper websites such as BBC, Guardian, NY Times, and etc. In addition, Wikipedia and the online database of Panama Papers on the website of The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) were used as sources for my data. 

4. Drought in India- where goes the missing water? - Amaia Landaburu

Water has become a scarce resource in India. Around a quarter of the Indian population has suffered from this year’s drought, affecting more than 330 million people, 313 districts and 158,205 villages. As per the Central Water Commission data, the country’s major reservoirs are 79% empty. The Data by the Water Footprint Network reveals that while India is a top water virtual exporter, 97% of its population is experiencing severe water scarcity at least one month of the year.

5. The number of Spanish centenarians has tripled within 15 years - Pablo Maderuelo

The number of Spanish centenarians (15,000) has tripled within 15 years. According to the Government, the figures of centenarians will rise faster over the next few decades. There will be 301,275 in 2060. A boy or girl who has just been born in Spain has a life expectancy of 83 years, when it was only 35 a hundred years ago. It’s expected that this data will continue to rise and the life expectancy at birth will be 90.9 years for men and 94.3 years for women in 2063.There is a higher life expectancy in the center and the north of Spain and lowers in the south and southwest. Three maps show the differences among the Spanish Autonomous Communities.

6. PM 2.5, an invisible to modern people芊綺朱(Qian Qi Zhu)

In recent years, the situation of air pollution is getting worst, Because the industrial development. So the air pollution is becomes seriously. It’s also affect people’s health. PM 2.5 is very small suspended particulate matter. PM 2.5 can cause asthma or any other disease of respiratory system. Also increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and mortality rate. It's a danger and deadly. And we have to solve the problem.

7. The denser the city, the more we move - Marianne Bray

Many people think the greater the space we have, the more we move. A recent study dispels these myths, showing the more people that lived in an area and the higher the number of public transport stops, street intersections and parks within walking distance, the more city-dwellers moved. In this story, find out which cities around the world are “activity-friendly.” Then walk around the streets of Wellington and Hong Kong yourself to see why people here are active. Compare that to the streets of Baltimore, where urban decay and car-centric planning have kept people inside.

8. War killed Iraqi Women's Dreams - Saadoon Altimimy

Highlighting the tragedy of widows & orphans in Iraq, that never ends. With each car bomb or suicide bomber strapped with explosives or a bomb, the number of orphans and widows in Iraq rises. The suffering of widowhoods extends to all aspects of social life from poverty to destitution, family degradation and sometimes social and moral corruption. Sociologists warn of the growing violence in Iraqi society, which definitely will affect the widows and orphans. Many humanitarian organizations are warning that this country that is rich in oil, culture and civilization will be the home for widows and orphans.

[ Modified: Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 6:24 AM ]
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  1. Instructor: Simon Rogers, Data Editor, Google

Simon Rogers is a data journalist, writer, speaker. Author of ‘Facts are Sacred’, published by Faber & Faber and a new range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Data editor on the Trends team at Google, and formerly at Twitter, San Francisco. He is director of the Data Journalism Awards 2015 and is teaching data journalism at U Cal Berkeley Journalism school.

Simon edited and created, an online data resource which publishes hundreds of raw datasets and encourages its users to visualise and analyse them – and probably the world’s most popular data journalism website.

  1. Instructor: Yolanda Ma, Co-founder & Editor, Data Journalism China

Yolanda Jinxin Ma is co-founder and editor of Data Journalism China (, an independent online platform that introduces data journalism to the Chinese audience. She has trained hundreds of professional journalists in China on data skills. Yolanda currently works as a consultant on Innovation, Communications & Technology at the Regional Bureau of Asia Pacific of the United Nations Development Programme, based in Bangkok, Thailand. Previously, she worked for Thomson Reuters on data visualization and the South China Morning Post on social media.

  1. Instructor: Jonathan Stray, Data Scientist, Journalist, Fellow at Columbia University

Jonathan Stray is a journalist and a computer scientist. He teaches computational journalism at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, and leads the Overview Project, an open source visualization system to help investigative journalists make sense of very large document sets. He was formerly the Interactive Technology Editor at the Associated Press, a freelance reporter in Hong Kong, and a graphics algorithm designer for Adobe Systems.

  1. Instructor: Francesca Valsecchi, Assistant Professor in College of Design & Innovation at Tongji University

Francesca is an Italian communication designer and researcher. After graduation from Milan Polytechnic (MA, 2005; PhD, 2009) as a fellow of Density Design Research Lab, she moved to China for a post-doctoral research about sustainable heritages. She currently serves as Assistant Professor at College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University; her research interests cover the area of information and data visualization, digital social innovation, open design, design and cultures. Since 2010 she is based in Shanghai, enjoying the Asian trans-cultural lifestyle, and the thrilling mix of international environment, and traditional heritage. She is currently mainly active on a project to document and map Shanghai streetfood culture and places, and within the community of interest of Chinese opendata.

  1. Instructor: Irene Jay Liu, Enterprise Correspondent, Thomson Reuters

Irene Jay Liu is a reporter on the enterprise team at Thomson Reuters, based in Hong Kong. She led the development of Reuters’ Connected China, an award-winning news app that tracks and visualizes the people and institutions that make up China’s power structure.

Previously, she was senior reporter and special projects team leader at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and a newspaper, television and radio reporter in Albany, New York. She has reported on global human smuggling networks, Iran's efforts to circumvent sanctions and how China's political elite gain access to lucrative deals in state-controlled sectors. Her feature story on a 2010 hostage crisis in Manila won first place at the Hong Kong News Awards.

Liu teaches journalism at the University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong and was an adjunct at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University.

[ Modified: Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 11:57 AM ]