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2014 Data Visualization Contest

We are excited to announce the 2nd annual Data Visualization Contest for the Journalism Library!  Submit your data visualizations to journalism@library.columbia.edu by 5pm on Monday, May 5th to be included. (Only CU Journalism students are eligible for this contest.)

The winning entry will be printed as a poster and displayed with your name (and the project URL, where applicable) in the Journalism Library.  The winner will also receive a $25 Starbucks giftcard, have your project showcased on the Libraries’ Digital Center Projects webpage, and the opportunity to archive your work in Columbia University Libraries’ Academic Commons. This is not only a chance to get your work reviewed by a panel of faculty and library experts; it’s also an opportunity for greater exposure for your work. Last year’s winner, Jefferson Mok, went on to have his project picked up by CNN!

Contest Rules:

  1. Submissions must use publicly available data. (“Data” is broadly defined and can include video, audio, photo.)
  2. Submissions must be received no later than 5pm on May 5th.
  3. You may use previously submitted class work!
  4. Submissions may be in any file format, including URLs and other dynamic/interactive digital projects (a static image or screenshot will be required for the poster in the J-Library).
  5. Please do not use your name in the filename. Instead, in your submission email include the following:  your full name, graduation year, a title for your creation, and the data source(s) used.

All submissions will be judged based on accurate use of data and originality in aesthetic presentation; panel of judges includes Journalism Librarian, Starr Hoffman; Data Services Coordinator, Ashley Jester; and J-School Professor, Susan McGregor.

The winner will be announced at the J-School Innovation Showcase before graduation.  Please email journalism@library.columbia.edu with any questions. We look forward to your submissions; good luck!

1000 Twitter Followers – Time to Celebrate!

A little birdie told us we now have 1,000 followers! 

@JournalismLib is grateful to all followers for enabling us to reach this milestone.  We will be randomly selecting 5 of our current followers for $5 Amazon gift cards as a token of our appreciation.  We wouldn't be here without all of you! 

And if you're not yet following us, join us now!  Still time to win – random drawing will happen Friday, May 24th, at 7pm. 

Library Data Viz Contest – Decorate Our Wall EXTENDED!

Hold the phone!!!  The Journalism Library is excited to EXTEND the deadline for the data visualization contest! Submit your entries by Wednesday, May 15th 5pm, for a chance to see yours in poster-size proudly displayed in the Journalism Library. The winner will also receive a libraries mug and the opportunity to submit your work to Columbia University Libraries Academic Commons.

Contest Rules:

  • submissions must use publicly available data; data is broadly defined and can include video, audio, photo
  • submissions must be received no later than 5pm on May 15th – please send to journalism@libraries.cul.columbia.edu
  • you may use previously submitted class work!
  • submissions must be in PDF – please do not include your name in the filename, but please share with us the following in your email!
    • your full name
    • graduation year
    • title for your creation
    • data source/s used

Try Ashley's new cool data tools page for help and ideas!

All submissions will be judged based on accurate use of data and originality in aesthetic presentation; panel of judges includes Journalism Librarian, Cristina Ergunay, Data Services Coordinator, Ashley Jester, and JSchool Professors Susan McGregor and Mark Hansen!

The winner will be announced at the JSchool Innovation Showcase on May 17th. We look forward to your submissions! 

Celebrate Master’s Research with Cookies!

Journalism Library Death Star Cookie Jar Chosen a Master's project or thesis topic, you have?  Or still mulling over the possibilities?  Join the celebration with a cookie available in the evil space station in the Journalism Library.

(Future cookie suggestion, you have?  Send email to: journalism@libraries.cul.columbia.edu.)

Design the Libraries IM Poster, Win a Kindle Fire

Enter our IM/text a Librarian poster contest and win a Kindle Fire!

Design a poster about the Libraries’ IM/text a Librarian service! The poster content will also be used as an ad in the Spectator appearing in November.

The best one will win a Kindle Fire. Up to ten other contestants will win an awesome, library approved water bottle!

Deadline is October 15! More information about contest details and how to submit. Sponsored by Columbia University Libraries.

Cookie Fest for CUJ12!

Congratulations, graduating class of 2012!  Please stop by the Journalism Library on Wednesday, 5/9 for one last cookie from all of us in the libraries (byo Jawa Juice).  It's been a *pleasure* to work with you, and we wish you all the best!  Don't forget to let me know if you would like your tweets to be featured in the JournalismLib's "Follow Fridays" tweets for J-School alumni.  Special guest appearance by YODA, weather, temperament, and nap schedule permitting…  Not yet graduating?  Come for a cookie anyway! 

AND one last game!  Using Factiva (http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?AUQ3920), find one article (and cite it!) that quotes the Empire Strikes Back first-day box office $ gross!  First 3 correct answers win an "authentic" Cantina Band tee.  Submit answers to journalism@libraries.cul.columbia.edu