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  • What Transparency Looks Like

    Baltimore City Public Schools spends nearly $16,000 per student, per year, making it the third most funded among America’s 100 largest (Source: U.S. Census). But federal data (NAEP) ranks Baltimore schools as the third lowest performing. In 2017, Fox45 spoke with multiple sources who described a system-wide culture of pushing students through at any cost.
  • Tracking the Manipulation of Public Opinion in the Presidential Campaign

    This is a series of investigative reports on the reality of online media manipulation during the 18th Presidential Campaign in South Korea in 2012, dubbed as the first social media election of the country. The reports employ a scientific census of 900 million tweets as part of the investigation.
  • Racial Arrest Breakdown

    The investigation used jail booking data to track the race and gender of every person charged with “Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana” in Greenville County over a period of several years. Then they used court records and law enforcement FOIAs to track the location of each arrest. Finally they used census data to understand the demographic composition of each neighborhood in the county. When they were finished, they’d found that black people were arrested for PWID at a far higher rate than white people, neighborhoods with the most black people saw far more arrests, and the rate of black people charged was disproportionate with the demographics in each area. They further established that black and white people use and sell the drug at similar rates meaning the discrepancy with arrests was due to differences in enforcement policy.
  • Police & Race Relations

    This story delves into police and racial profiling in Amarillo. ABC 7 analyzed all traffic stops from 2015 that resulted in a warning or citation by race. We found that blacks had 10 percent of the traffic stops but made up seven percent of the Amarillo population. Hispanics had 40 percent of the traffic stops but make up 29 percent of the population. This story also looks at why the data might not tell the full story. People self-select their race on their driver’s license and the Census, but officers select a driver’s race during a traffic stop. There is also an issue in data collection because “Hispanic” didn’t become a race option for driver’s licenses until 2013. Previously, Hispanics had to select to be Black or White. Because not all licenses are updated but police must report the number of Hispanic drivers stopped each year, officers have to determine a driver’s race.
  • The Impact After the CHA Plan for Transformation

    Data from U.S. Housing & Urban Development, the Chicago Housing Authority and the U.S. Census Bureau was analyzed by census tract in the city of Chicago and by municipality in the six-county suburban area for the years 2000 and 2015. In 1999, Mayor Richard M. Daley boldly promised to transform public housing in Chicago — in part by tearing down the high-rise housing projects that lined the city’s expressways and surrounded the Loop. Today, nearly every Chicago neighborhood — and almost every suburb — has felt the impact of the Chicago Housing Authority’s “Plan for Transformation,” a Better Government Association and Chicago Sun-Times analysis has found. https://cst.carto.com/viz/2a5170a2-2ec4-11e6-93e7-0ecd1babdde5/public_map https://cst.carto.com/viz/c1072cca-3438-11e6-bce7-0e31c9be1b51/public_map
  • How Much Does Your Vote Count

    Using census data and swing state forecasts, this story explores how the electoral college and differences in turnout affect the voting power of Americans of different ages, genders, and races. It includes an interactive tool that lets readers explore the data and calculate their personal voting power score. We found that because many of them live in relatively “safe” states, the power of Black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters to choose the president was lower than that of white voters.
  • 5 years later, city fails diversity vow

    The focus of this project was the level of diversity within the municipality of Norwich, Conn., and whether the racial diversity of employees in city departments reflected the community at large. The stories reflected the findings in three areas: municipal, employees, police department employees, and school district employees.
  • Census Records Show Asian Population Boom

    Using Census records, this story looks into a dramatic shift in the demographic profile of Fairfax County in Virginia, one of the largest counties in the country. The records showed different Asian subgroups growing at different rates in different parts of the county, trends that were personified by tracking down people whose stories reflected the data. There's also an interactive map to show which parts of the county were seeing the largest increase.
  • The Most Unequal Place in America

    East Carroll Parish, Louisiana, has the largest rich-poor gap in the country, according to census data. As part of CNN’s Change the List project, John Sutter and Edythe McNamee traveled to the state to find out why – and to see what lessons Income Inequality, USA, would have for the rest of the nation. Income inequality has been widely covered in the news media, but this series of op-eds and a “digital doc” video were praised for their intimacy and originality: They showed the social costs of the income gap. When the gap becomes so incredibly wide, it’s almost impossible for people to see across. The main op-ed and digital doc focused on Delores Gilmore, an overnight prison guard and single mother. She lives in Lake Providence, the largest town in the parish, where a lake neatly and cruelly divides rich from poor. Gilmore knows almost nothing of the richer side.
  • National Household Survey: What we know about what we don't know

    How do you measure the flaws in a voluntary census replacement? We stacked Canada's new, controversial National Household Survey up against more reliable population data to see who hadn't filled it out - what sectors of Canadian society were missing from the country's biggest database. What we found was news to politicians, public health workers and will have implications for readers going forward.