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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #38, October 18 - October 24, 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 Axios, Bloomberg, and Nightingale. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

The American Opportunity Index by infogr8

The Burning Glass Institute, Harvard Business School, and the Schultz Family Foundation have put together the American Opportunity Index report, examining which companies in the US provide employees pathways for upward economic mobility. The site was developed by Infogr8.

Users can explore the index and view how the top 50 companies across different sectors create opportunities. Each company is represented as a circle, and the inner rings stand for what type of opportunities they offer. Users can hover over the circles to learn about the company.

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What China looks like after a decade of Xi Jinping's rule by Axios

For Axios, Han Chen and Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian report on China’s transformation under Xi Jinping since he took over 10 years ago.

Using a series of graphs, readers can see that as the country’s economy has expanded, the government is utilizing its influence to censor people abroad and strengthen the military.

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What we found when analyzing 1,000 viral TikToks on Abortion by The Washington Post

For a Washington Post opinion piece, a team of journalists analyzed over 1,000 TikTok videos discussing abortion posted between January 2022 and September 2022.

Utilizing a beeswarm chart, the authors visualize an explosion of abortion-related videos on TikTok after several court decisions. The platform's features, such as "stitching" clips from other videos, enable users to stage one-sided debates, and its algorithm creates echo chambers for both sides, further dividing people.

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How Xi Rewrote China’s Rulebook to Build the Party Around Himself by Bloomberg

Bloomberg News examines Xi Jinping’s climb within the Communist Party and what he did to guarantee his position as China’s general secretary beyond two terms.

The piece first explains the structure of the Chinese government using a circular pyramid of sorts. Then it dives deep into how each tier was purged over the years to install Xi loyalists. It also includes helpful step charts to explain how to climb the ranks.

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05. Playing Dataviz Tennis for Collaboration and Fun

By Georgios Karamanis & Lee Olney

Playing Dataviz Tennis for Collaboration and Fun by Georgios Karamanis & Lee Olney

Georgios Karamanis and Lee Olney collaborated on a fun exercise resembling a tennis match where they iteratively revised four data visualizations.

After each round, they changed or added things to best display the datasets. The results are pretty cool, and you might want to try the same thing with a fellow data viz enthusiast.

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