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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #29, August 16 - August 22, 2022

Welcome to this week’s Moksha Roundup! This small newsletter is a weekly roundup of the latest and greatest in the data visualization/design/visual storytelling world. Every week, we compile our favorite projects from journalists, storytellers, and technologists and share them with you.

In this issue, we share great visual storytelling pieces from the New York Times, AP, and Bloomberg. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

01. The coming California megastorm

By The New York Times

The coming California megastorm by The New York Times

NYT Climate, with graphics from Mira Rojanasakul, has visualized how a megastorm would devastate the state of California.

Using a map of California, the team behind this piece walks readers through a hypothetical megastorm that lasts 30 days. The addition of black and white photography makes for a somber piece that reminds us of the effects of climate change on our environment.

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Great American road trips are impossible for most electric cars by Bloomberg

For Bloomberg, Kyle Stock and Jeremy C.F. Lin have collaborated to show that non-Tesla electric vehicles (EVs) can’t travel four out of eleven popular road trips due to a lack of charging stations along the way.

Through maps, we see that drivers who own these cars will struggle to drive to the Grand Canyon and the Natchez Trace Parkway. Most charging station locations are at least 200 miles away from each other, making these trips impossible to make.

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Maternal mortality rates are higher for rural women of color by USA Today

A series of maps and graphics from the USA Today team show how rural communities face barriers to effective maternal care. The article shows various counties' distances to the nearest hospital with a labor & delivery unit, and then shows the resulting maternal mortality rates faceted by county classification.

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04. Mass killings in America

By Associated Press

Mass killings in America by Associated Press

Journalist Gillian Flaccus provides an overview of data collected by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University, regarding the source and number of mass killings around the nation. The project uses a wide range of visuals, from a timeline to stacked bar charts, to demonstrate that mass shootings only make up a small fraction of gun violence in the country.

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How often major news outlets use alt text 🧵 by Spencer Schien

Spencer Schien has made a Twitter thread comparing how often major news outlets included alternative text in their Tweets with graphics.

CNN, Wired, and National Geographic have a poor record of adding alt text to their images. On the other hand, the Washington Post account consistently adds alt text to its Tweets.

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