Storytelling With Data

TowsonDataStoriesStudents in a journalism-focused research course identify a publicly available dataset (or create their own), analyze this data using spreadsheets, suggest a series of potential stories based on their data, write one in-depth article based upon their analysis and reporting, and visualize the data using a range of multimedia tools. Their work is presented on two news websites: Towson Data Stories and the Baltimore Watchdog.

In fall 2018, students examined STEM diversity, campus facilities, hazing, coaches’ pay, food deserts, and retention and graduation rates.

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In spring 2018, students examined Towson-related data on campus crime, faculty diversity/pay, student life/demographics, college athletics and city/county issues.

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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. 

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