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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #6, March 8 - 14, 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 Yorker, FiveThirtyEight, and USA Today. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

01. New York’s Shadow Transit

By The New Yorker

New York’s Shadow Transit by The New Yorker

For the New Yorker, Andrew Reiss has researched and visualized New York’s ‘shadow transit’ system: a thriving transportation network of unofficial shuttles in the city. Through maps, interviews, and video, the reader is shown each stop in detail and is introduced to its rich history.

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02. Undue Burden

By FiveThirtyEight

Undue Burden by FiveThirtyEight

Anna Wiederkehr and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux have put together a wonderfully-researched, powerful piece on the state of abortion restrictions in the United States. A series of maps and visualizations (and illustrations from Nicole Rifkin) show the state-by-state landscape of abortion restriction, and how impending Supreme Court cases might change that landscape.

The piece does a great job of visualizing current restrictions by state, and showing how impactful Court decisions would be in standardizing restrictions nationwide. In particular, one bivariate choropleth map shows how, even in the current context where abortion is a constitutional right, abortion clinics can far away and far too difficult to access.

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03. Dying For Care

By USA Today

Dying For Care by USA Today

The team at USA Today has published their year-long investigation into how nursing homes across the United States handled COVID-19 cases and how they could have better served their residents.

One scrollytelling visualization by Carlie Procell shows exactly how the USA Today team investigated 1,674 nursing homes, and details some of their most interesting findings.

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The hidden billion-dollar cost of repeated police misconduct by The Washington Post

Joe Fox has created an ‘outrageously tall chart for an outrageous story’ by the Washington Post, detailing the state of police misconduct in the United States.

The chart breaks out of the traditional inline style, as its dimensions span the article’s first few paragraphs. The composition feels very intentional, as the chart is the story, not just a part of it. It is accompanied by other visualizations, such as an interactive treemap diagram that shows police misconduct settlement payments in your state.

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South Korean election graphics are next level 🧵 by Andrew Peng

Looking for a pick-me-up this week? Andrew Peng has tweeted a series of South Korean election graphics on the air, and they are, indeed, next level.

Bar charts visualizing vote proportions? No. Animated 3D video game characters representing candidates racing in a simulated ice rink? Yes.

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