How many homes on Long Island are currently unoccupied? Were have major car accidents happened? These are both questions that can only be answered with the use of data, and are prime examples of how data can be used to help enhance a journalistic piece. The New York times has a section on their website titled the Upshot and its main focus is on stories that are driven completely by data.
In one of their recent storied the NYT published a piece about 1.5 Million Missing Black Men in everyday life. The article opens up by stating the almost 120,000 black men between the ages of 25 and 54 that are missing from everyday life.
The story unfolds by showing the reader all the statistics and numbers in chart for that it’s easier to understand. An example of data that the story uses is for every 100 black women in the age group living outside of jail there are only 83 black men.
In most stories, throwing data at the reader makes it harder to understand, but putting it in this graph not only makes it more visually appealing but easier to comprehend.
This story is just of the examples that show how data can help enhance a story as well as make it more interactive.