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The Moksha Roundup

August 23 - August 29, 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 Houston Chronicle, the Washington Post, and the Financial Times. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

01. How China Could Choke Taiwan

By The New York Times

How China Could Choke Taiwan, by The New York Times

For the NYT, Chris Buckley, Pablo Robles, Marco Hernandez, and Amy Chang Chien have collaborated on this article to show how the Chinese government plans to take over Taiwan.

Readers can discern China's strategy to physically, economically, and digitally isolate the island through a series of maps, each with well-placed and meaningful annotations.

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02. How Small Businesses Tapped Billions in Covid Relief

By Bloomberg

How Small Businesses Tapped Billions in Covid Relief, by Bloomberg

In this Bloomberg piece, Amy Yee, Andre Tartar, and Marie Patino analyze how modifications to the US Paycheck Protection Program between 2020 and 2021 helped small businesses stay open during COVID-19. The effects of the program are displayed through photography, slope charts, and maps.

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03. We built a fake metropolis to show how extreme heat could wreck cities

By The Washington Post

We built a fake metropolis to show how extreme heat could wreck cities, by The Washington Post

The Washington Post team has created a fictional town called Meltsville, illustrating how extreme heat negatively impacts infrastructure and the environment.

The city has bridges, roads, trains, and an airport—all of which are pushed to their limits. The heat wave increases the demand for cooler temperatures, which power sources can’t meet, and blackouts become imminent. The piece is a great reminder of the catastrophic effects of global warming.

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04. Houston keeps paving over rain-absorbent Katy prairie, even after devastating Harvey impacts

By The Houston Chronicle

Houston keeps paving over rain-absorbent Katy prairie, even after devastating Harvey impacts, by The Houston Chronicle

For the Houston Chronicle, Jen Rice documents continued development in the Katy prairie, which increases the risk of flooding and flooding damage in the Houston area. The article shows how the flooding landscape has changed over time, with some help from graphics and maps. It combines in-depth research, effective writing, and visual storytelling to make for a compelling piece.

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05. Can the Federal Reserve tame inflation without causing a recession?

By The Financial Times

Can the Federal Reserve tame inflation without causing a recession?, by The Financial Times

Colby Smith and Sam Learner from the Financial Times have visually explained the challenges faced by the Federal Reserve to control inflation and avoid a recession.

Graphs and annotations help readers understand a topic—economic policy—they might otherwise find very complicated. And it features a really cool animation.

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