The JPR Best Visualization Award 2015 goes to Matthew A Baum and Yuri Zhukov
The jury consisting of Nils B Weidmann (University of Konstanz), Hanne Fjelde
(Uppsala University) and Michael D Ward (Duke University) has awarded the
third Journal of Peace Research Best Visualization Award to Matthew A Baum
(Harvard University) and Yuri M Zhukov (University of Michigan). The prizewinning
article is titled “Filtering revolution: Reporting bias in international
newspaper coverage of the Libyan civil war” and was published in the May special
issue on ‘Communication, Technology, and Political Conflict’.
includes a variety of graphics to illustrate key aspects of the theory, the data used
for the analysis, as well as the results. A flow chart details the two theoretical
mechanisms described in the paper and the hypotheses they imply. The authors
use maps and simple bar charts to show the distribution of the news coverage
data. Another chart details the temporal evolution of the Libyan conflict, as well as
the reporting patterns about the conflict across different regions and regime types.
Last, the authors illustrate the estimates from their statistical models and the
uncertainty around them using lattice plots. The jury was particularly impressed
by the extremely thorough execution of the graphics in the article. The figures are
created with a high level of detail, cautiously using color where necessary. The
result is an article that not only impresses by its interesting analysis, but also by
the large number of aesthetically pleasing and informative graphics. The award is USD 500.
The article is available online