Students in a journalism-focused research course identified a publicly available dataset (or created their own), analyzed this data using spreadsheets, suggested a series of potential stories based on their data, wrote one in-depth article based upon their analysis and reporting, and visualized the data using a range of multimedia tools. Their work is presented on two news websites: Towson Data Stories and the Baltimore Watchdog.
The campus crime group gathered publicly available data from University of Maryland System institutions and interviewed campus police and crime experts for their stories on where and when crimes most often occur.
The Towson student group examined Towson’s increasing diversity, growth in transfer students, rise in STEM majors, increasing tuition and fees — and the share of in-state vs. out-out-state students at a range of Northeastern public universities.
The Towson faculty group examined the faculty pay gap, and the share of male and female tenure-track professors in every college and department at TU.
The Towson sports group examined college coaches’ pay, where Towson athletes are from, what type of high school they attended, and what their majors are in college.
The city/county issues group examined the demographics of Maryland counties and college towns, and which food establishments were cited for health code violations.
In previous semesters, students tackled issues away from campus: sports geography, sports travel, the heroin crisis, the growth of solar energy, film and TV awards, and diversity in Hollywood and Broadway.