Female scientists underrepresented at senior roles in the UK

Female scientistA new report has put figures to the already known problem of the “leaky pipeline” in the British science. Although female and male scientists are almost equals in the overall scientific workforce, women are highly underrepresented at the most senior roles.

The report, titled “A picture of the UK scientific workforce“, describes a “glass ceiling” situation, where female scientists are constrained at lower managerial and professional roles. Women have only a fourth (25,4 per cent) of the higher managerial jobs in the UK science sphere -excluding health jobs-.  Read the rest of this entry »


Bieber’s transformation from the perspective of data journalists

Justin Bieber’s transformation from a cuddly look into a troublesome teenager has been graphically described by a group of data journalists led my Richard Johnson, Graphics Editor at the National Post, a newspaper from Canada. Johnson has a great collection of data stories of this kind, which are not very interactive since they are more taught for print than for online, but they are worthy to have a look at. Read the rest of this entry »


Showing key events with a timeline

Background features and articles on issues that took a long time to unravel often end up with a lot of important dates when something crucial for the story happened. Writing for online media offers you the opportunity to showcase those events in an interactive timeline, like this one that I did for the blog Frack This Shale, as part of my work for my MA in Science Journalism. It took me around two hours until it was ready for being published, and actually, the part that took more time was researching the events that I wanted to add to my timeline. Read the rest of this entry »


How to fusion tables for creating maps

Knowing how to fusion tables in Google Drive is a very useful skill to create nice maps to visualize data and improve the understanding of a story. The following are the steps I followed to produce this map: Read the rest of this entry »