I am a data journalist from Barcelona aged 25 years old. During 2017-18, I studied the MA Data Journalism at Birmingham City University. Just after graduating, in September, I started working at Fundació Periodisme Plural, a media group based in Barcelona. There, contribute to different specialised digital publications covering education, health, housing, inequalities… I also collaborated with Anuari dels Silencis Mediàtics, a print yearbook of investigative reports edited by Media.cat.
1) “Many cities in one: portrait of inequality in Barcelona”
Putting together the median income, unemployment, percentage of people without studies and of non-European immigrants for each of the 73 neighbourhoods, I created four indexes and visualised them in a flower figure, inspired by the most famous Barcelona’s paving stone.
2) “Two out of three public schools in Barcelona have more than twice as many immigrants as the semi-private one that is closest to it”
After a long transparency request, we got the number of immigrant students in each school in Catalonia (first time released to the press). With it, I investigated school segregation in Barcelona.
3) “Airbnb recovered in three months the supply numbers it had before the closure of 2,500 illegal flats in Barcelona”
I used data scrapped by Inside Airbnb to factcheck the figures released by the company and by Barcelona’s City Hall about illegal touristic flats being closed. Developing an analysis I started in a hackathon, I could discover that, although some flats were eliminated from Airbnb’s offer, new ones were appearing, exceeding the legal licenses.
4) “30% of Catalan doctors will retire in the next 10 years: the replacement will be women, young and specialist”
Scraping and analysing the official data of doctors in Catalonia by age group and gender, I was able to show future trends in this profession and visualise them with GIFs with an inhouse design.
5) By their tweets you will know them: who have Sánchez and Rajoy congratulated during their mandates?
After scraping every tweet of the last two Spanish presidents containing the word “congratulations” and synonyms, I categorised them by the gender and the topic of whom they were congratulating. Project started when still studying and finished at my current job.
6) “Rent prices increase in Barcelona, Palma and València”
With data scraped from a state agency hidden API, I compared rent increase in neighbourhoods from 3 Catalan speaking cities after the housing crisis. Contribution to the print magazine Anuari dels Silèncis Mediàtics.
7) “Tackling online disability hate”
Online disability hate crimes reported to police tripled in three years, as revealed by FOI requests answers of 26 English police forces. This investigation, developed as part of my MA studies, includes testimonies, the role of the government and social media companies, a data visualization and an interactive game.
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